“Dubbed “The Great Green Wall,” a human-made ecological barrier designed to stop rapidly encroaching deserts and combat climate change is coming up across China. By 2050, the artificial forest is to stretch 400 million hectares – covering more than 42 percent of China’s landmass.
China already has the largest human-made forest in the world, covering more than 500,000 square kilometres, and the Communist Party this year announced it had reached its stated goal of 20 percent forest cover by 2010. The government envisions a line of trees stretching 4,480 km from Xinjiang province in the far west to Heilongjiang province in the east.
The project began in 1978, and three years later the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, passed a resolution to make it the duty of every citizen above age 11 to plant at least three Poplar, Eucalyptus, Larch or other saplings every year.”
I read and posted about this Chinese project a number of years ago and will be very interested to learn just how great a task this has become for the Chinese authorities and those directly involved in what is a massive project. It could well be a lesson for other countries on how to control encroaching desert areas too. Most deserts were well forested areas in years or centuries gone by, but excessive demands for firewood and timber destroyed the forests and allowed the encroachment of deserts. This has greatly contributed to climate change as well.