China to Plant New Forests the Size of Ireland This Year

Posted by on January 13, 2018 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

A forest surrounds the Great Wall of China. / Image via Pexels

by Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch

China‘s government announced plans for a major reforestation project. The country aims to grow about 6.66 million hectares of new forests this year, an area roughly the size of Ireland.


The announcement was made last week by Zhang Jianlong, the head of China’s State Forestry Administration, in an effort to shed the country’s image as a major polluter and become a global environmental leader, the Telegraph reported.

China is the world’s largest emitter and remains heavily dependent on coal, but the country has been cleaning up its act in recent years due to concerns over the impacts of air pollution and climate change.

The administration announced several forestry goals, which include increasing the country’s forest coverage rate to 23 percent from 21.7 percent by the end of the decade. Then from 2020 to 2035, China plans to further boost the percentage of forest coverage to 26 percent.

 

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