Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (TMCI), Toyota’s Chinese subsidiary, held a signing ceremony on 26 August marking its agreement to carry out the Toyota Green Greater Beijing Economic Zone Fengning Afforestation Project.
The afforestation project is to be carried out over three years, starting in 2011, by TMCI in collaboration with the Hebei Province Forestry Bureau and the Fengning Manchu Autonomous County Forestry Bureau.
The aim of the project is to plant trees in a 150-hectare area over three years in the Nanshakouzi region in the northern part of Hebei Province (including Fengning County) and to thus reduce the area of desertification in the Nanshakouzi region (approximately 550 hectares of severe desertification) to the same level as Xiaobazi Township (approximately 460 hectares of severe desertification). The 10-year project in Xiaobazi Township began in 2001.
The Nanshakouzi area serves as a water source for Beijing and Tianjin, but is experiencing particularly severe desertification that has caused sandstorms affecting those two cities. The project also seeks to encourage the development of greening activities that establish economic independence for local residents via earnings from the afforested areas.
Afforestation Project in Xiaobazi (2001-2011). TMC carried out the joint Sino-Japanese 21st Century Greater Beijing Reforestation Model project in collaboration with the China-Japan Scientific Technology & Economic Exchange Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Hebei Province Forestry Bureau, and the Green Earth Center nonprofit organization over 10 years, starting in 2001.
Some 3.9 million trees were planted on roughly 3,000 hectares to prevent desertification and restore greenery in Xiaobazi Township, Fengning Manchu Autonomous County, Hebei Province. In addition to providing ¥450 million (US$5.8 million) of funding as part of this project, TMC also dispatched technical experts to China.