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HOHHOT, March 7, Xinhua -- North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region will green over 1.8 million hectares of land with trees and grass this year to strengthen its afforestation efforts, said the regional forestry and grassland administration Friday.

A total of 864,700 hectares of trees and 1 million hectares of grass will be planted this year in Inner Mongolia that spans the vast northern territory of China.

key program 3.7 Inner Mongolia to add over 1.8 mln hectares of forest grass

Forest rangers plant trees in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, north China, April 9, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Yunping)

Mu Yuan, head of the administration, said Inner Mongolia will coordinate the management of mountains, rivers, forests, farmlands, lakes, grasslands and deserts, promote ecological restoration in key areas, strengthen ecological protection in the Yellow River Basin, intensify efforts to prevent and control desertification and promote grassland ecological conservation in 2020.

Mu said a region-wide survey will be carried out for the medium and long-term plans for grassland protection and restoration so as to promote the national pilot for ecological restoration of degraded grasslands and the pilot program for grassland policy insurance.

Inner Mongolia will continue to carry out ecological poverty alleviation, strictly implement the ecological compensation policy and develop economic forests and eco-tourism to increase incomes of impoverished populations.

The region has some 88 million hectares of grasslands, accounting for one-fifth of the country's total. It has afforested over 600,000 hectares of land every year, which accounted for one-ninth of the country's total ecological construction task in recent years.

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