|Jan. 8, 2018 -- Since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, China has seen great progress in developing and reforming the forest sector: forest resources enjoy the fastest growth worldwide and the system of national reserved forests has been preliminary established; more than 100,000 km2 of desertificated land have been rehabilitated and the construction of forest cities has been set as a national strategy, according to Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Bureau.
The protection of forestry resources has been strengthened. Commercial logging has been strictly forbidden, which has contributed to the gradual restoration of natural forests. National protection rate of wetlands has increased to 49.03 percent from 43.51 percent and about 2,333 km2 of wetlands have been restored.
The forestry tourism industry has fast growth with a total output value of 1.15 trillion yuan in 2017.
The forestry property right system has been gradually established and more state financial support has been offered to forest farms and workers.
According to the goal set by the State Forestry Bureau, rural forest coverage will reach 43 percent by the middle of this century.
By: Shi Dongdong