Afforestation area increased over 643.6 million acres in China in 2019

author:RIFPI

As was announced during China’s National Forestry and Grassland Working Meeting held on 20th December 2019, afforestation area increased over 17.46 million acres, and forest tending area increased over 18.78 million acres in 2019. Pilot projects on ecological restoration of degraded grassland was launched in 2019, with the area of grasslands restored through grass plantation increasing about 7.78 acres. 

In 2019, China has accelerated the process of afforestation and ecological conservation in national level, with the area of desertification lands restored increasing about 5.58 acres, rock desertification lands restored increasing about 0.61 acres, forests converted from agricultural lands increasing about 2.12 acres. The afforestation area contributed by Sanbei Ecological Protection Forest Project increased over 1.44 acres. Afforestation area achieved through other major ecological protection forest construction projects increased over 0.73 acres in 2019. 

In 2020, China plans to increase about 16.64 acres of forests by afforestation projects, with the area of forest tending increasing about 16.77 acres and grasslands restored through grass plantation increasing about 8.56 acres. State Forestry and Grassland Administration will issue Guidance on scientific afforestation, facilitating the construction of pilot projects on forest quality improvement and national reserve forests and tree farms in large scale.