BEIJING, April 12, Xinhua -- China plans to open parts of its nature reserves to set nature education zones for youths, educators, visitors and other social groups and organizations.

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HAIKOU, April 10, Xinhua -- The Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences has selected the first oil-producing palm tree species for mass production in China.

Zeng Xianhai, the chief scientist of the palm tree research program of the academy based in the south China island province of Hainan, said China tried to introduce the economic plant in the 1980s but failed. The first successful transplantation of oil palm seedlings was made in 2011.

China is the world's second-biggest palm oil importer, with imports reaching 6.65 million tonnes in 2018. Palm oil is widely used for cooking and for making cosmetics and rubber products.

However, previous to the trial in Hainan, palm tree varieties in China could not be used to produce palm oil.

Zeng said the species with the name Elaeis Guineensis Jacq. Reyou No.4 has made stable oil production in Hainan. The plant realized 2.8 tonnes per hectare of oil yield in a trial plantation. The academy has plans to expand the cultivation in the southern China provinces of Yunnan and Guangdong.

According to the "No. 1 central document," released by central authorities in February, the Chinese government encourages the plantation of woody oil plants. Lin said the tropical provinces should spearhead the mass plantation of the oil-producing palm trees to make the country self-sufficient in producing palm oil.

ANAPU, Brazil, April 5, Xinhua -- Chinese-made power towers designed to leave a smaller footprint on the environment have been going up in Anapu, a town in northern Brazil's Para state.

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GABORONE, March 27, Xinhua -- China's National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Wednesday held an advocacy workshop here to raise awareness on wildlife trafficking amongst Chinese nationals living and working in Botswana.

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SHANXI, March 6, Chinadaily -- Shanxi Wildlife Conservation Association and Shanxi Forestry and Grassland Administration launched a voluntary event for the protection of wild birds in Taiyuan on March 3, which also marked the sixth World Wildlife Day.

During the voluntary event, a series of activities themed around bird protection were organized.

"We have held 'Bird Week' events for 37 times in succession and organized various wildlife protection promotional events on special days for the environment and wildlife, attracting wide attention and public participation," said Zhu Jun, secretary general of the Shanxi Wildlife Conservation Association.

In recent years, bird lovers in Shanxi have gathered and formed a volunteer team to assist professionals in field patrols and the promotion of science, playing an important role in the protection of birds.

In addition, 43 epidemic disease monitoring sites have been established across Shanxi and 24-hour patrols are carried out to protect birds. The rescue and breeding of rare and endangered birds – including brown eared pheasants, black storks and bustards – and the release of wild animals have been conducted.

"The number of swans in Pinglu county in Yuncheng city exceeded 13,000 in autumn and winter last year, reaching a record high," added Zhu.

"More wild bird species, that are as rare as giant pandas, have appeared in reservoirs and wetlands across Shanxi."

The province has successfully enhanced its ecological restoration and protection for years in order to conserve biodiversity, with the area being converted to forested land now exceeding 2,666 square kilometers.

Currently, forests in Shanxi province cover 32,100 sq km, with a forest coverage rate of 20.50 percent. It is estimated that the wetlands cover a total area of 723 sq km, with 46.90 percent of the wetlands in Shanxi under protection.

The improved forest and wetland environment has provided good habitats for wildlife, especially birds. There are an estimated 330 varieties of birds, 79 kinds of other wildlife, 13 species of amphibians, 29 kinds of reptiles and 2,743 species of wild plants across Shanxi.

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