Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality has established special funds to protect old trees. Tang Jun, deputy director of the municipal forestry department, said an investigation of ancient and precious trees was carried out in Chongqing last year, with more than 20,000 trees registered…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2018
- Starting in 2018, Chongqing forestry department will annually allocate CNY 3 million (USD 463,000) over the next three years to protect its old trees (~100 years to 800 years old).
- In December 2017, it was reported that China had more than 4,800 state-owned forest farms. These farms accounted for ~16.6% of the country’s forestry area and ~25% of its forest growing stock.
- In February 2017, Inner Mongolia’s Greater Khingan Mountain “key” State-owned Forestry Management Bureau was established. It was reportedly the first such special agency launched in China.
- In March 2015, China announced it would halt commercial logging of natural forests in key areas by 2020. As of March 2015, China had 4,855 state forest farms non-cultivated land. In addition, China had approximately 87 “key forest zones” that produce logs.
- In April 2014, Heilongjiang Province announced it would ban commercial logging of its natural forests. Heilongjiang Province has 18.5 million hectares of (state-owned) forests.
- In September 2004, the government of Yichun, Heilongjiang Province, banned red pine logging.
- In 2003, Fujian Province launched land tenure reforms on its collective forests in order to encourage farmer household management. In the following years, other provinces, including Jiangxi and Liaoning, instituted similar land tenure reforms.
- In 1998, China launched its Natural Forest Protection Program (NFPP) in response severe flooding brought on by over logging. A year later, China launched its Conversion of Cropland to Forests and Grasslands Program (CCFGP).
- China’s state-owned forest enterprises (SOFEs) are local government agencies that carry out harvesting and reforestation of state-owned forests. Although local, these enterprises follow guidelines (e.g. logging quotas) set forth by the national government. Since the late 1970s, SOFEs have been suffering from economic losses and environmental degradation due to over logging.
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