Through nearly four decades of reform and opening to the outside world, China has maintained strong economic growth and reached a prominent position in the global economy.

In recent years, the Chinese Government has placed more emphasis on environmental protection and sustainable development, especially in the forest sector. China's resulting achievements in forestry development are notable.They rely heavily on comprehensive, science-based policies and regulations.

These laws and regulations relate to forestry directly or indirectly. They include in their scope topics such as forestland tenure and use rights, taxes and fees, forest management, logging, wildlife, grassland, wetlands, desertification, and so on.

The direct laws or regulations include:The Forest Law of the People's Republic of China; The Regulation on the Implementation of the Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China; The Grassland Law of the People's Republic of China and The Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Wildlife. Other relevant regulations include: Processing Measures for the Disputes of Forest Trees and Forest Land Tenure and Ownership; The Administration Measures for Forest and Forestland Tenure Registration, etc.

These laws and regulations promote the steady and healthy development of Chinese forestry, while controlling illegal activities in the forest sector.

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