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Figure 1 On April 3, 2015, Party and state leaders including Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli and others took part Capital Voluntary Tree-planting Activity in Sunhe Town of Chaoyang District, Beijing. Here President Xi Jinping is planting trees with students. Image source: Xinhua News Agency

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Figure 2 On March 8, 2014, Zaozhuang City in Shandong Province developed a voluntary tree planting activity named “I add greenness to barren mountains”.

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Figure 3 On April 20, 2015, staff of Dongxing Nursery of Hongshi Forestry Bureau in Jilin Province were bundling seedlings and making preparation for Spring afforestation. 

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Figure 4 Xichuan County of Henan Province seized the favorable opportunity of afforestation since the winter of 2015 and energetically promoted winter afforestation.

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Figure 5 March 21, 2015 saw a launch of the 7th China Network Tree-planting Day and Green Walking Events in Beijing Garden Expo. The event has accumulated a donation of RMB 2.5 million since 2009 when it was launched.

The fourth session of the 5th National People’ s Congress released Resolution on Carrying out the Voluntary Tree Planting Campaign Nationwide in 1981 and then the State Council promulgated Measures for Carrying out the Voluntary Tree Planting Campaign Nationwide. From then on, a legal, compulsory and nationwide tree-planting activity flourishes vigorously in China.

Over 30 years, leaders at all levels take the lead, and all sectors of society and the general public actively fulfill their obligations to plant trees for ecological construction; mechanism innovation continues to be pushed forward; key ecological restoration projects steadily advance; afforestation and greening of key areas are carried out in a down-to-earth manner; new progress has been made in the greening of the departments; afforestation policy mechanism has been improved constantly.

The Eighth National Forest Inventory shows that China has forest area of 208 million hectares, 21.63% forest coverage and forest volume of 15.137 billion cubic meters. Plantations reach to 69 million hectares with a volume of 2.483 billion cubic meters.

With constant afforestation, trees become more and more, mountains and lands turn greener and greener. China not only improves its own ecological environment, but also contributes to the global harmonious development of people and nature.