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China to raise desert reclamation endeavors

Workers in Wuwei, Gansu province, endeavor to stave off desertification on Thursday. Improved technology makes it easier to keep the relentless march of sand and desert winds at bay. CHEN BIN/XINHUA

By 2025, China plans to restore an additional 6.7 million hectares of desert areas with forests and grasslands, adding to the 18.8 million hectares the country has recovered over the last 10 years, the National Forestry and Grassland Administration announced on United Nations” World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, which fell on Friday.

Desert areas have fallen by over 4.3 million hectares in the past decade, it said.

However, at the end of the 20th century, the area subject to desertification expanded by 1.04 million hectares a year, the administration said.

“So far, more than half of all desert areas that can be restored have been dealt with,” said the administration, adding that in the past…

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