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HENAN, August 8, 2014 – Henan has made notable achievements in sandification prevention and control, with forest shelters for farmland basically developed in the sandified areas. The province reports a farmland forest network rate of over 90% and a forest coverage rate of 19%.

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GANSU, July 12 , China Daily - He Yanzhong has been toiling in the desert in Dunhuang, Gansu province, for 13 years, determined to transform it into a fishery oasis. Sun Yuanqing follows his arduous journey and finds out what keeps him going.

7.13 Fishing in the desert

He Yanzhong makes a research trip to the desert near his fishery in Dunhuang, Gansu province. Photos Provided to China Daily.

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NINGXIA, June 23, 2014 - As one of the provinces with the severest sandification in China, Ningxia has achieved a historical transformation after a decade of efforts, with the desertified area and sandified area respectively shrinking by 4.63 million mu and 690,000 mu, according to data released by the forestry authority of the autonomous region.

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GUIZHOU, June 18, 2014 – Guizhou gives top priority to containing stony desertification, which is the severest ecological issue facing its economy and society. With karst areas representing 61.92% of the province’s total area, Guizhou is among the most typical karst regions in the world, and a province with the widest and most diversified stony desertification that causes the severest damage at home. The provincial department of forestry reports that stony desertification areas cover 3.02 million hectares that make up 17.16% of the provincial total.

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Shanxi, June 17 – With green passageways, vast expanses of forests and interwoven farmland, the 300,000 mu afforestation project site located in Jinshatan, Huairen County, Datong resembles a beautiful picture. Shanxi has effectively contained land sandification, with the severe sandified land in the project area decreasing by 44%, according to news from Shanxi Provincial Department of Forestry released on June 13.

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