The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region, is reflected in a lake in Nanshan Park on October 12, 2023. Photo: Shan Jie/Global Times

Environment China5. November 2023

Afforestation: a Massive Move for Economy, Ecology and Society

In 2021, a significant afforestation project – involving planting trees and establishing forests – was launched in China’s Xizang region.

“Now we come here on weekends. Seeing this beauty, hiking up the mountain, this project has truly made the lives of us locals happier,” says Jiumaocuo, a professor at Tibet University.

The project expects to forest 206,700 hectares of land by 2030, the largest in the Xizang region. Locals say the transformation has already occurred, has turned their city into a more livable place, and the work is not yet over! To date, 55,870 hectares of land have been successfully afforested, and over 1.68 million people have been newly employed in ecological development. All in all, the afforestation is a win-win scenario for the environment, the economy, and the society at large. Forty-seven nature reserves have also been established, accounting for 34 per cent of the total land area in the region.

Global Times

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