The Chinese government on Wednesday launched a greening campaign
in its vast west region where the ecological environment is
Jia Qinglin, honorary chairman of the Green
China Fund, said afforestation and improving the ecological
environment were a major basis for China's sustainable
The environment in the west region had improved thanks to
projects such as returning cultivated land to forest and grazing
land to grassland, he said.
But more arduous efforts were needed to enhance environmental
protection in the long run, said Jia, a member of the Standing
Committee of the Communist Party of China Central Committee
Political Bureau and chairman of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
The campaign will focus on preventing soil erosion,
deforestation and poverty reduction and fund-raising.
A Guangdong timber company donated 10 million yuan (US$1.25
million) and China National Tobacco Corp. seven million yuan
(US$150,000) respectively to the campaign at the ceremony.
(Xinhua News Agency September 28, 2006)