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BEIJING, March 12 -- China has made remarkable progress on greening the land due to extensive afforestation project implementation. The year 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of Chinese Arbor Day. In 2019, more than 7 million hectares of trees were planted, and over 7.7 million hectares degraded forests and 3.147 million hectares degraded grassland were treated, 2.26 million hectares desertification areas were placed under protection, and 93 thousand hectares wetland were rehabilitated, according to a report that was released by the National Afforestation Committee.

FYG highlight 3.12 Chinas afforestation efforts protect the land and improve livelihood

Saihanba forest farm in Hebei province.

Moreover, the online tree planting campaign are also very popular in China, more and more Chinese citizens are contributing to China’s forestation efforts with the help of online platforms. To date, there are 15 provinces have piloted the online tree plantation activities.

Till the end of last year, the forest coverage rate in China increased to nearly 23%, with the forest area reached to 220 million hectares. The forest coverage rate of China has increased nearly 10 percentage since the late 1970s, with the world's largest area of planted forests and an 80-percent expansion of forest areas, said Zhang Jianlong, director of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China.

According to the report, in 2019, China added 28 National Forest Cities, 39 National Garden Cities, 7586 National Forest Villages.

The greening efforts also brought economic and social benefits to the people across China, especially in remote areas. The report also showed that China’s forest tourism received 1.8 billion visits in 2019, an increase of 12.5 percent year-on-year, which creates a comprehensive economic value of about 1.75 trillion yuan ($250 billion). Nearly 1 million people under the poverty line were working as forest rangers last year, and about 3 million people’s income were increased.

By Xin Shuyu 

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