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China Plans to Cover 25% of Country With Forests by 2020

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China has announced in a United Nations report, that it will be covering almost a quarter of the country in forests by the year 2020.

They also have plans to increase environmental friendliness, such as cutting water consumption, energy consumption, carbon emissions per GDP unit and more.

Announcement

In a United Nations report, China has announced that it plans to cover nearly 25 percent of the country in forests by 2020. They plan to transform China into an “ecological civilization” as a model for future building projects.

“The outdated view that man can conquer nature and ignore the bearing capacity of resources and the environment should be completely abandoned,” said Zhu Guangyao, executive vice president of the Chinese Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association.

“Conscientious efforts should be made to live in harmony with nature, allowing for a new approach to modernization characterized by such co-existence.”

China is also planning to cut water consumption by 23 percent, energy consumption by 15 percent and carbon emissions per GDP unit by 18 percent.

They have also started to restore 35 percent of China’s natural shorelines, increase vegetation coverage by 56 percent and reclaim 50 percent of China’s “reclaimable” desert.

More Onboard

Several other countries have also taken initiative to plan for environmental conservation.

UNEP has released a series of reports at the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which looks at how different countries plan on more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. This included China’s “ecological civilization” plan.

UNEP has reported that Bhutan, although it currently faces socioeconomic challenges, has made “impressive progress in recent years.”

Germany will also attempt to apply a “circular economy” to its waste management plan. So far this had led to significant increases in recycling rates, creation of “green jobs,” and resource efficiency.