New study could help policymakers quantify China’s afforestation programme

 

Special purpose shrub and tree planting in China’s western deserts with saxaul (Haloxylon ammodendron), Chinese tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis) and Calligonum arborescent. Photo by Jianchu Xu/World Agroforestry Centre

Special purpose shrub and tree planting in China’s western deserts with saxaul (Haloxylon ammodendron), Chinese tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis) and Calligonum arborescent. Photo by Jianchu Xu/World Agroforestry Centre

Home to one-fifth of the global population, China is seeing “great pressures on natural resources, including forests,” according to a recently published FTA-related study, China’s fight to halt tree cover loss.

The country is making concerted afforestation efforts and working hard to reverse the trend of tree cover losses, says the study, which analyzed reforestation in China.

China’s forestry expenditure per hectare is over three times higher than the global average, the study noted, and the country has invested more than US$100 billion into six key forestry programs in the past decade.

Originally published on the website of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

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