Sanya to step up conversion of farmland to forests in 2014
This year, forestation will start at the mountainous areas along the Sanya east and west highways as well as all the city’s reservoirs areas.
To improve the city’s environment, Sanya has formulated the forestland protection and utilization plan for 2013 to 2015. Under the entire project, about 22,000 acres of fragile farm land in Sanya are expected to be converted to forests by the end of 2015.
Besides, the local government will continue its ‘Green City’ construction by investing 37 million yuan in the 8,000-acre tree- and grass-planting projects, including urban and village forestry, road forestry, suburban gardening and coastal forestry.
Farmers who formerly relied on the farmland will receive compensation for each acre of forest they restore. The compensation will depend on the different tree species planted.