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BEIJING, December 24 -- A press conference on the "comprehensive assessment of the 40-year development of the Three-North Shelterbelt Program" was held in Beijing on December 24, 2018. Liu Dongsheng, Deputy Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China introduced development in 40 years and evaluation result of the Three-North Shelterbelt Program (TNSP).

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He noted that, till now, 4 phases of the TNSP have been completed, and the fifth phase is undergoing. Over the past 40 years, the total afforestation area of the TNSP in Northwest China, North China and Northeast China has been preserved over 30.143 million hectares, and the forest coverage rate has increased from 5.05% to 13.57%, with the total standing forest stock increasing from 0.72 billion cubic meters to 3.33 billion cubic meters.

By Xin Shuyu

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