An autumnal view of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in Huairou, Beijing. [Photo by SONG YU/FOR CHINA DAILY]
Beijing government will increase its forest coverage rate and restore wetlands to build the capital into a "park city", a guideline draft for the city's next five-year plan said on Jan. 24.
By 2025, Beijing will achieve a forest coverage rate of 45 percent, up from 44.4 percent in 2020, and ensure 16.7 square meters of green areas in parks for each citizen, the draft said.
Previously, China's forestry and grassland authority had vowed to increase the country's forest coverage rate to 24.1 percent in the next five years.
According to statistics released by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, China's forest carbon reserve has reached 9.2 billion tonnes, representing an increase of over 200 million tonnes on average each year, which is equivalent to a carbon sink of 700 million to 800 million tonnes.
With the expansion of forest area and the increase of forest stock, forest carbon sinks will gradually increase, helping the country cope with climate change and reach its carbon neutral target.
Collected and edited by Lv Yun
Source: Xinhua, China Daily