Yong’an city is one of the important forests districts in Fujian Province, which has a famous name of “90% for mountains, 5% for water, 5% for farmland”, and it is a typical southern mountain area with 79.50% forest coverage rate. Among the current forest land, the collective forest land area is 2.65 million mu, occupying 69.30% of the total. The large area of collective forest determines that forestry is majority industry, which is a key resource to increase income for local farmers. From 2007 to 2011, with the improvement of forest management knowledge and intensity, the area changes of tree species present that the areas of fir, eucalyptus, so_ broad-leaved forest and rare tree species show an uptrend in China, the total area rises from 24.90% to 27.80% with average annual increase of 0.60%. The areas of pine, hard broad-leaved forest, bamboo forest and economical fruit tree show a decline.  

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Lin’an is located at the western suburb of Hangzhou, which is the source of Taihu Lake and Qiantang River. The area of Lin’an is 3126.8 km2 and has a population of 530,000. In terms of the development characteristics, Lin’an is a typical representative of southern collective forests. The forest land area of Lin’an is 260,000 ha (the collective forest land area occupies 95% of the total forest area), the forest stock volume is 10.20 million m3, and the forest cover 76.55% of total land area. Lin’an has two state-level nature reserves -Tianmu Mountain and Qingliang Peak, which is called “Hometown of Bamboo” and “Hickory Capital” in China.  

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Scope and tasks of the program

According to “some advices on further improving pilot land conversion from farmland back to forestland by the State Council (State Council Ref. [2000] 24)”, “some advices on further improving policy measures for land conversion from farmland back to forestland (State Council ref. [2002] 10) and the “regulations on land conversion from farmland back to forestland”, based on in-depth investigations and wide solicitation of comments from relevant provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities direct under the central government), agencies and experts, and according to the scale of 14.67 million ha of land conversion from farmland back to forestland determined by the second plenary meeting of the State Council’s leading group for western region development, the State Forestry Administration together with the State Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Office of Western Region Development of the State Council, the State Food Administration jointly formulated “the program plan for land conversion from farmland back to forestland (2001-2010)”.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct. 23, Xinhua - Brunei Darussalam hosted the National Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Seminar under the ASEANRepublic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) Project on Thursday.

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ZIBO, Sepember 25 - A discussion among high officials on urban forest construction was launched in Zibo city, in the middle of Shandong province on September 25, 2014, During the discussion,17 cities were awarded the title of "National Forest City". There are 75 cities awarded since 2004 when the activities of urban forest construction started.

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