China's achievements in natural forest conservation

Added On August 23, 2019

Just 12 percent of China was covered by natural forests in 1980.
According to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, that number almost doubled to 22.96 percent last year.
China's forestry authority is stepping up efforts to preserve natural forests.
A comprehensive ban on commercial logging will allow forests to recuperate while scientific measures are adopted to curb degradation and boost the quality of forest cover.
To offset any resulting timber shortage, artificial forests and timber imports will be promoted and more wood substitutes will be used.   
China implemented a forest conservation program in several pilot areas in 1998.
The first phase of the program ran from 2000 to 2010. The second phase will run through 2020.
Experts expect China will have around 200 million hectares of healthy forest area by 2035.