CHINA Draft revision specifies forest protection duties of state-owned units

CHINA

Draft revision specifies forest protection duties of state-owned units

Xinhua

19:41, October 23, 2019

Trees cover a hillside in Wuqi, Shaanxi province, the first county involved in the Conversion of Cropland to Forest and Grassland Program, in June. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING -- A draft revision to China's forest law has specified the duties of state-owned forestry units to further protect forest resources.

Lawmakers on Tuesday began the second review of the draft revision at the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which started Monday.

People's governments above the county level should incorporate the protection of forest resources and the development of forestry into their economic and social development plans, according to the new draft.

State-owned forestry units should increase their input to strengthen fireproofing, promote pest prevention and elimination, and prevent and stop behaviors that damage forest resources, the provisions read.

The draft revision modified provisions on the management of public welfare forests, which refer to forests planted with investment mainly from the government for the environment and ecological balance.

The use of such forests for tourism or other purposes should be preceded by scientific assessment and must strictly abide by relevant regulations of the country, according to the draft.

Provisions were added regarding construction on forest land, stipulating that forestry authorities of governments above the county level should carry out afforestation to make up for the forest areas occupied by construction to ensure that the forest coverage does not drop.

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