East China’s Anhui province will increase the forest coverage rate to more than 31 percent and raise the forestry output to over 700 billion yuan ($108.4 billion) in 2025, the local government said at a press conference on Thursday.
More than 53 percent of the total wetland in the province will be brought under protection, the provincial government said, citing a document released in late July.
In 2017, Anhui initiated a “forest-chief system” program which ensures that the designated official, namely the chief, is held responsible for the ecological protection and development of a certain region. The program has been promoted nationwide by the central government.
The document also proposed to build Huangshan Mountain National Park and establish a nature reserve with the park as the main part.
The Anhui Provincial Forestry Bureau submitted the implementation plan for building the national park to the provincial government for review in April.
In Mid-May, 12 experts from institutes such as the Development Research Center of the State Council, Beijing Forestry University, Nanjing Forestry University and Anhui Normal University were invited to Huangshan and Chizhou to carry out comprehensive scientific research and social impact assessment surveys.
A designing institute under the National Forestry and Grassland Administration is mapping out an overall plan for the Huangshan Mountain National Park.