BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China will expand its
investment in reforestation over the next five years with the goal of raising
the country's forest cover from the current 18.21 percent to 20 percent.
The plan was announced by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) Director Jia Zhibang at a news conference
Prevention and control of desertification,
construction of wildlife and wetland natural reserves and the development of
fast-growing, high-yield timber forest will also be the focuses of the
administration, said the official.
Jia said China has implemented its forestry
development strategy over the past five years, investing a total of 212 billion
yuan (26.5 billion U.S. dollars) in key projects including the protection over
natural forests, replanting forests on former farmland with fast-growing and
high-yield timber forests.
The latest statistics from the SFA show that China's
forest stock volume reaches 12.5 billion cubic meters and the forest cover is
Jia said China's deserts shrank by 1,283 square
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