China Looks to Cap its Water Consumption for Irrigation and Increase its Forest Coverage Rate

China’s Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday [27 May 2015] published a guideline on achieving “zero discharge” of agricultural waste by 2030. The guideline also set targets on agricultural science and mechanization. China must guarantee to maintain the basic farmland at a level of no less than 1.56 billion mu (about 104 million hectares) by 2020,

China to Halt Commercial Logging in Several Natural Forest Zones by 2020

Commercial logging of natural forests in key zones will be stopped by 2020 as part of a slew of reform steps to promote ecological progress, Chinese authorities announced late Tuesday [17 March 2015]. State plantations are also asked to reduce harvesting from man-made forests for business purposes by 20 percent by 2020, the central government

China’s Top Economic Decision Making Organization May Establish a New Agency to Better Protect the Country’s Natural Resources

China is expected to establish a new government organ in an effort to better protect natural resources, including minerals, water and forests, said a senior official. The establishment of a State-owned assets supervision and administration body on natural resources is still being mulled, said Yang Weimin, deputy director of the Office of the Central Leading

Heilongjiang Province Bans Commercial Logging of its Forests

Heilongjiang Province in northeast China will ban commercial logging of its natural forests from Tuesday [1 April 2014]. Excessive logging over long periods have sharply reduced forest resources and downgraded quality of state forests in the province, said Zhao Shucong, chief of the state forestry administration. “To protect the ecosystem and insure sustainable development of

China’s “Green” Timber Producers are Struggling on the Domestic Market

Forest farms and timber producers that have green certificates to trade internationally are having a difficult time selling their eco-friendly products on the domestic market. The certificates, issued to help consumers choose products that meet social and environmental standards, are not as sought after among Chinese consumers as they are in Europe. Chen Qinglai, a

Poplar Forest in Northwestern Hebei Province, Planted to Guard against Sandstorms, in Decay

A forest planted decades ago to prevent sandstorms from hitting northern China is in a severe state of decay. The tree line covers more than 102,000 hectares of northern Zhangjiakou, a city in Hebei province about 200 kilometers from the capital. According to forestry officials, 92 percent of the poplars last year were “hypermature”, meaning

Farmer in Sichuan Province Sues Environmental Agency over Electrical Substation that was Installed Next to His Forest Nursery

A farmer in Guanghan, Sichuan province, brought a lawsuit against the provincial environmental protection department to safeguard egrets in his forest, Chengdu Commercial Daily reported on Friday. Liao Quanfu contracted some 2 hectares of farmland to produce saplings in 1998 and he found that this attracted animals and birds…Full article: China Daily Nov 2013 Key

Government Official from Xinjiang Announces his Region will Produce 7 million MTs of Fruit and Forestry Products in 2013

Fruit and forestry products output in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region this year is expected to top 7 million metric tons, or 35 billion yuan ($5.74 billion), contributing 1,100 yuan in per capita income to farmers. Zhang Xiaoping, deputy secretary-general of the region’s government, made the comment on Nov 7…Full-text article: China Daily Nov 2013