As part of the plan to build a “Beautiful China”, the count

As part of the plan to build a “Beautiful China”, the count

y has vowed to increase its forest coverage to 26 percent by 2035.

To fulfill the target, Zhang said China should maintain the pace of afforestation – about 6.7 mil

lion hectares of trees newly planted each year – while implementing strict protection of forestry resources.

However, he said that the low survival rate of trees remains a challenge for afforestat

ion, and the administration is determined to tackle this problem in the coming years.

“To maintain a high survival rate, most of the effort should go toward keeping plants in a healthy state rather than simp

ly planting trees,” he said. “Also, species should be planted with the right techniques in inhospitable places.”

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