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BEIJING, March 11´╝îXinhua - Forest coverage in Beijing is 41 percent by the end of last year, authorities said ahead of China's Tree Planting Day, which is on Thursday.

According to the Beijing Greening Committee, a total of 197 million trees have been planted in the capital city following a city resolution on tree planting in 1981. Nearly 88 percent of those trees have survived.

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UNITED NATIONS, March 4, Xinhua - Senior UN officials on Wednesday warned that trafficking in wildlife poses a serious security risk and called for a coordinated international response to combat wildlife crime.

At a meeting of the General Assembly commemorating World Wildlife Day, General Assembly President Sam Kutesa said: "We need to strengthen our commitment and enhance cooperation among member states, the United Nations system, NGOs (non-governmental organization) and civil society to curb wildlife crime."

"Estimates indicate that illegal wildlife trade is worth billions of dollars, with organized criminal networks, and even rebel and terrorist groups taking part in the illicit trafficking of wildlife," he said.

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YUNNAN, Mar.4, Xinhua - The "Wild China" photo exhibition was held at Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 4, 2015, Britain's Prince William visited the "Wild China" photo exhibition.

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Britain's Prince William (R) poses for photos with Xi Zhinong from Wild China Film and his photo album during the "Wild China" photo exhibition held at Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 4, 2015. (Xinhua/Ma Jinzhong)

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Chinese actress and United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing learns about behaviors of elephants at Samburu National Reserve, north of Kenya, May 8, 2013. (Xinhua/Meng Chenguang)

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YUNNAN, Mar.4,Xinhua - Britain's Prince William visits the Asian Elephant Protection and Breeding Base in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 4, 2015.

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Britain's Prince William visits the Asian Elephant Protection and Breeding Base in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 4, 2015. Xinhua/Hu Chao)

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