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Chudu Forestry

Planting trees across southwest China’s barren mountains to capture carbon and generate sustainable income


China is one of the most heavily forested countries in the world. However, it has lost over 4 percent of its pristine woodland since 2002 due to land clearing and logging. Many rural areas are self-managed by village committees, but residents are often under pressure to lease their land for unsustainable industries.

Afforestation, Reforestation Revegetation (ARR)

Sustainable Development Goals

5. Gender Equality

Half of project employees  

hired are women  

8. Decent work and economic growth

108 jobs created  

for local villagers during planting and operating stage of the project  

13. Climate Action

753,000 tonnes of CO2e reduced  

on average each year thanks to the project  

15. Life on land

36,500 hectares   

of barren land afforested with native tree species  

The Solution

This project reforests 36,500 hectares of degraded, barren mountainous land in Xichuan County, southwest China. The region is home to over 600,000 people, with an average income well below that of urban areas. The project employs local people in the planting of native species, such as cork oak and masson pine, ensuring that the forest continues to sequester carbon and benefit the environment for decades to come.


The Impact

Along with absorbing carbon and boosting biodiversity in the region, the project works closely with the local village committees to ensure that communities benefit from the afforestation of the area. So far the project has employed 108 local workers in planting and tending to the forest, 50 percent of which are women - boosting the local economy and creating decent fair paying jobs across the region's rural areas. 

Project ID: 303873
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