China’s State Forestry Administration announced that they will add 66000 square kilometers of of trees in 2018 in an effort to reduce pollution. That is nearly the size of Ireland. This massive investment is part of their Paris Accord commitment to forest the area about three times the size of the entire United Kingdom by 2030.
To make this happen, China will use state employees and tens of thousands of soldiers.
Part of this unparalleled tree planting effort will take place in what China calls Forest Cities in 6 key regions of the country:
- Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region
- Pearl River Delta in south China
- Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan in central Hunan Province
- Yangtze River Delta
- northwestern Shaanxi and Gansu provinces
- the central plains
Liuzhou Forest City will be the first and is expected to be populated by 30,000 residents by 2020. Offices, stores and residential towers will be nearly completely covered with 1 million plants including 40,000 trees.
Liuzhou will produce 900 tones of oxygen and absorb 10,000 tones of CO2 every year.
Watch this short BBC overview of the project and interview with Liuzhou Architect Stephano Boeri: