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New Toyota afforestation project for China

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.

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Reel$$

Desertification affects 28% of China's land mass. If they are going to combat the severe air pollution and land loss, they will have to do something drastic to bring this land back.

http://wais.stanford.edu/China/china_thedesertificationofchina13002.html

HarveyD

Yes, non-polar desert areas will increase with warmer climates.

China + Mongolia deserts are about 500,000 sq miles and may go up by 8.1% (to 540,000 sq. miles) by 2060

USA's deserts are about 364,000 sq. miles and may go up by 16.6% (to 424,000 sq. miles) by 2060.

North Africa and Australia are in much worse position. They will be mostly deserts by 2060.

Greater desert areas mean less fresh water, less food production, less vegetation and warmer climate.

stomv

150 hectares? That's about 0.6 square miles. Loose math, 3.9 million treees in 3000 hectares is just over 1000 trees per hectare. So Toyota is planting about 50,000 trees per year. That's cool and all, but it's a really small number. They're planting trees in a half-mile by half-mile patch each year for three years.

It's going to take an awful lot more land with trees than the number they're talking about. 3000 hectares is a little more than eleven square miles.

HarveyD

stormy....if some 10,000+++ other firms do as much as Toyota, what would be the total number of trees planted after 5, 10, 20 years etc?.

If 3000 hectares are multiplied by 10,000+ firms than by 20+ years you could get a large area covered with new trees after a very short time (20 years).

ToppaTom

A half-mile by half-mile patch each year for three years?

Worthless? - Good PR.

Otherwise insignificant.

Reel$$

Higher CO2 content fertilizes forests and new growth. As CO2 increases and temperatures drop (see CLOUD experiment) we could see a forestry boom.

Of course there's no gloom in that...

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