China planted 5.23 million hectares of trees in 2006, bringing
the country's forest acreage to 175 million hectares, according to
a report issued by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) on
375,200 hectares of trees were planted in Beijing and Tianjin
alone to help improve the environment by protecting the two cities
The country's forest coverage had increased to 18.21 percent
last year from 12 percent in 1981 when the top legislative body,
the National People's Congress (NPC), passed a resolution calling for
nationwide voluntary tree planting.
In urban areas, the forest coverage reached 32.54 percent last
year, while public green areas had increased to 7.89 square meters
per capita from 7.39 square meters in 2005.
By 2010, the goal is for forest coverage to reach 20 percent in
China as a whole and 30 percent in 70 percent of its cities, said
SFA spokesman Cao Qingyao.
The total output value of China's forestry industry exceeded 900
billion yuan (US$118 billion) in 2006, the report also
The yield of lumber totaled 78.02 million cubic meters last year
and that of dried and fresh fruit from the state-owned forestry
companies more than 90 million tons, the report showed.
Forest tourism generated 100 billion yuan and forestry products
trade topped US$47 billion.
The forestry industry includes material products such as lumber,
furniture, and flowers from state-owned forestry companies, and
other sectors such as forestry tourism, said Cao Qingyao, spokesman
with the SFA.
Development of emerging biofuels and wildlife reproduction
showed signs of growth, he said.
China's forestry sector has been developing at a double-digit
rate annually over the past six years and hit 726.9 billion yuan in
value in 2005.
The SFA set a goal to earn 1.2 trillion yuan (US$150 billion) in
(Xinhua News Agency March 12, 2007)