Public greenery areas owned by each Chinese citizens increased
by 0.5 square meter, compared with 7.39 square meters in 2005, the
Office of the National Greenery Committee said recently in its
annual report on the country's greenery status.
China's urban greenery coverage rate has reached 32.54 percent,
0.98 percentage point higher than the previous.
To develop a more healthy and comfortable environment, many
Chinese cities have included the building of greenery areas into
their infrastructure plans. They also put emphasis on making garden
cities, Cao Qingyao, the spokesman of the National Forestry Bureau,
said yesterday at a regular National Forestry Bureau press
The report also said only 55 percent of Chinese citizens who are
obliged to plant trees have carried out their duties in 2006.
Although the rate has risen by 10 percentage points since 2005,
nearly half of the obliged people did not plant trees last
A Chinese regulation stipulates that citizens over 11 years old,
except the elderly, disabled and the weak, have the obligation to
plant three to five trees per year. The regulation, passed in 1981,
doesn't specify what punishment citizens face if they fail to abide
To improve the low rate, China is planning to work out a tree
planting regulation, said Zhu Lieke, the deputy chief of the
National Forestry Bureau.
The report also said the gross output value of forestry in 2006
has surpassed 900 billion yuan (US$116.28 billion), 173.1 billion
yuan more than that in 2005.
(Shanghai Daily March 13, 2007)