In 1998, massive floods occurred in China’s Yangtze and Songhuajiang river valleys. In order to reverse the ecological degradation they caused and improve the living conditions of the Chinese people, we launched a number of globally visible key ecological programs, including the National Forest Protection Program, the Program for Conversion of Cropland to Forest and Grassland, and the Sandification Control Program for Areas in the Vicinity of Beijing and Tianjin. These programs have focused on the role of forestry in restoring and improving the ecosystem, and have significantly contributed to Chinas efforts to maintain ecological security and promote sustainable socioeconomic development. More than a decade has passed since then. China now boasts constantly expanding and diversifying eco-friendly forestry with growing global influence and remarkable achievements to date.
Topic: livelihoods, forestry, socioeconomics, impact
Publisher: China National Forestry Economics and Development Research Center (FEDRC), Beijing, China
Publication Year: 2014