China to build six national forest city clusters by 2020
Provincial forestry departments urged to integrate construction of forest cities into local economic and social development
China will accelerate the construction of forest city clusters, aiming to build up six national-level such clusters by 2020, Yicai.com reported.
The six clusters are planned to include the Beijing-Tianjing-Hebei area, the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta, as well as the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan area, the Guanzhong-Tianshui area and middle China.
Peng Youdong, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration, encouraged forestry departments at the provincial level to integrate the construction of forest cities into local economic and social development, and to actively seek loans from financial institutions as well as explore ways to attract social capital.
Among them, the Pearl River Delta has been identified as the first demonstration zone of a national forest city cluster, as seven out of nine cities involved in the cluster have already been rated as national forest cities.