China has formed a cross-regional forest city construction system covering urban and rural areas.
Xinhua News Agency, Zhengzhou, 15 Nov (Reporter Hu Lu and Cheng Shuaipeng) Zhang Jianlong, director of the State Forestry and grassland Administration, said on the 15th that since the start of forest city construction in 2004, 387 cities across the country have carried out the creation of national forest cities. 19 provinces have carried out provincial forest city creation activities, and 11 provinces have also carried out the construction of forest urban agglomeration, which has formed a cross-regional construction system covering urban and rural areas.
He made the above remarks at the 2019 Symposium on Forest City Construction held in Xinyang, Henan Province on the 15th.
Zhang Jianlong said: with the further improvement of the strategic position of forest city construction, forest city construction has entered a new stage of rapid development and scientific promotion. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, 346 new Chuangsen cities have been added, and 153 new national forest cities have been awarded the title of national forest cities, accounting for 89 percent and 79 percent of the total, respectively, which is the fastest growing stage in the 15-year process of forest city construction.
He said that during the establishment of the national forest city, each Chuangsen city completed an average of more than 0.5 percent of the urban area of new afforestation each year, effectively promoting the growth of forest resources and the process of land greening. All localities adhere to the systematic management of landscape, forest, lake and grass, make overall planning and overall promotion, strive to expand urban ecological space, and actively explore the construction model of forest urban agglomeration. In addition, great efforts have been made to develop ecological industries such as eco-tourism, leisure and recuperation based on forests and other ecological resources, which have promoted the adjustment of local industrial structure and the increase of farmers' income and become rich.
"these obvious changes and the comprehensive benefits have been widely supported by Chuangsen city residents, and their support for and satisfaction with the construction of forest cities have been maintained at more than 95 percent." He said.
Next, Zhang Jianlong said: it is necessary to continuously promote the construction of forest cities, actively carry out the construction of state-level forest urban agglomerations throughout the country, achieve full coverage within, around, and between cities, and at the same time pay attention to the actual results of the process. Improve the quality of forest city construction. We should also adhere to scientific greening, pay attention to improving the function of the urban ecosystem, persist in implementing scientific concepts such as giving priority to native tree species and diversifying the allocation of plants, and resolutely oppose erroneous practices such as greed for foreign countries, trees entering the city, strange flowers and plants, and so on.