China: Worlds largest reforestation scheme fails to protect natural forests and threatens more
A study from Agroforestry World has shown that while China has increased the amount of tree cover with a reforestation and ‘payment for ecosystem services’ program, it has failed to protect natural forests. Rubber and pulpwood plantations have replaced natural forests on sloping land. Equating plantations with forests in forest management policies and statistics allows governments to hide serious environmental impacts that the plantations cause. Rubber and pulpwood plantations are being planted in nature reserves, national protected areas, and important protected watersheds.