China has collaborated and entered into a partnership with different international non-governmental and civic organizations to develop three “Green Economic Belts” in BRI Countries including Pakistan. The countries that are part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative include Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Turkey.
China Green Foundation at the Belt and Road International Forum on Public Cooperation for Ecological Remediation released the plan to create three belts using poplar trees. The three belts will be initiated in Northwest China and will link countries in Central and West Asia.
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Chen Shuxian, chairman of the foundation said, “Under the plan, a cooperative partnership will be established to encourage more exchanges of experience in developing a green economy in different countries.”
Globally poplar trees cover an area of 648,000 hectares. Majority of them are found in the 17 countries part of BRI. China solely has 61% of the total poplar tree forests. These forests provide essential economic value to the people.
In Hotan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, for instance, the poplar forest covering an area of 31,840 hectares generate a yearly income of 672 million yuan or $98 million. This is a per the data of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration