Fifty-five percent of eligible Chinese planted trees in 2006, 10
percent more than that in 2005, the State Forestry Administration
(SFA) announced on Sunday.
China's top legislative body, the National People's Congress
(NPC), passed a resolution in December 1981 calling for voluntary
China's forest acreage reached 175 million hectares last year,
raising the country's forest coverage to 18.21 percent, compared
with 12 percent in 1981.
According to SFA spokesman Cao Qingyao, public green areas have
increased from 3.45 square meters per capita to 7.89 square meters
over the past 26 years.
Nevertheless, China's forest coverage and its per capita forest
acreage are only 61.5 percent and 25 percent of the world average
Officials and experts hope more people can join in this national
"Those who plant trees in Beijing are mostly government
officials, military personnel and suburban residents," said Yan
Lin, an official with the tree-planting office in the
"Urban residents are doing less in this aspect, largely because
there is limited areas in their neighborhood," he said. "Besides
it's inconvenient for them to plant trees on the outskirts."
"There should be more than one way to grow more trees," said Ma
Luyi, professor from Beijing Forestry University.
"For example, people can pay for professional tree growers to
plant, which might be more effective in some cases, as not everyone
know to grow trees especially in infertile soils."
In 2010, the forest coverage will reach 20 percent in China and
30 percent in 70 percent of its cities, said Cao.
(Xinhua News Agency March 12, 2007)