70 mln ha of planted forest in China



China tops the world for having 70 mln ha of planted forest


Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/8/28 17:30:29

China is home to 69.3 million hectares of artificial forest, the most in the world, following more than six decades of afforestation work, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration.

Total forest acreage has grown to 3.12 billion mu (208 million ha) from 1.24 billion mu in early 1950s, covering 21.66 percent of the land area, compared with 8.6 percent more than 60 years ago, Zhang said at a national conference on accelerating afforestation over the weekend in Hohhot.

Zhang said the administration aims to have more trees planted in areas along the Belt and Road Initiative region, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, and the Yangtze River economic belt.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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