NEW YORK, January 16, Xinhua -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that the United Nations needs to speed up efforts in fighting climate change, achieving toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and harnessing the benefits of new technologies.
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ANHUI, January 11 -- The National Annual Meeting on Forestry and Grassland was held in Hefei City, Anhui Province. Zhang Jianlong, Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland Administration, and other leading members attended the meeting.This is the first time the Administration held such a large-scale and fruitful meeting after the institutional reform.

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BEIJING, January 10 -- Peng Youdong, Deputy Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland of China met with Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary of Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Beijing on January 10, 2019. Ms. Jaana Husu-Kallio showed great appreciation that China gave a pair of Giant Pandas for cooperative research to Finland. They both think that forestry cooperation between each other has made great accomplishment. Ms. Jaana Husu-Kallio hope hopes to strengthen and broaden cooperation and exchanges in the future. They also exchanged views on issues they both concerned with, including forest product trade, demonstration of sustainable forest management, Intentional Year of Plant Health, United Nations Forest Forum and National Parks Management.

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BEIJING, January 4, Xinhua -- Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng Friday urged reform and innovation in developing the nation's forestry and grassland sectors in an effort to build a better ecological environment.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, paid an inspection tour to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration Friday, focusing on the afforestation, protection, restoration, and management of ecological forests and grasslands.

He called for reform and innovation in protecting forestry and grasslands for high-quality development. Protection and management of nature reserves must be strengthened, and efforts must be made to ensure the success of the pilot program of national parks, he said.

Protection and management of forestry and grasslands should be conducted based on law, he noted.

He also underlined the importance of cultivating professional and devoted human resources.

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GUANGDONG, January 2 -- According to forest officials from Guangdong, 50 new forest towns are to be constructed in Guangdong Province within 2 years, and the total number of forest towns is expected to reach 120 till 2020.

The term of Forest Town was first raised by National Forestry and Grassland Administration in 2017, which is to promote the transformation of forestry development model from using forests to obtain economic benefits via providing ecological services and protecting forests.

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