Three generations’ 38-year-effort to reverse desertification

By:Zheng Qian  |  |  2019-12-05

The story of three generations of Chinese who have been devoted to desert afforestation over the past 38 years was shared in Fudan University on October 3.

In the 1970s, Babusha, a large sand dune on the southern edge of the Tengger desert in Northwest China’s Gansu Province, gradually encroached south, threatening Gulang County’s social and economic development and the livelihoods of the people who lived there. Six local farmers decided to plant trees to prevent the spread of the desertand they did it all voluntarily, despite the fact that they could not even feed themselves well.

Guo Wangang, the second generation of desertification controllers for Babusha, is a descendant of the six people who started the reforestation program and have touched many due to their perseverance and dedication and are nicknamed “Six Elders on Babusha Forest Farm ”.

Guo, who took over his father’s job of eradicating desertification 38 years[…]

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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