This project in Southeast China’s Jiangxi province converts an area of forest that was previously logged into a protected area. As well as sequestering carbon by preventing logging, Improved Forest Management (IFM) under the project enhances the biodiversity of the area.
China’s rapid economic development has come at a cost. With demand for wood in China among the highest in the world, the country’s ancient forests are incredibly vulnerable to illegal logging. There are implications for communities too – intense industrial expansion and deforestation are contributing to pervasive health issues in China, such as respiratory problems caused by urban air pollution.
Operating across eight departments of Le’an County in Jiangxi province, Southeast China, this project converts 50 parcels of land with native Chinese Fir and Slash Pine forests into protected reserves, guarding them from unsustainable illegal logging practices under Improved Forest Management (IFM) and a long-term sustainable timber sourcing plan continuing until 2035. In doing so, the project is in line with the Chinese government’s efforts to protect forests, which are recognized as a valuable natural resource.
By preserving forest carbon stocks, the Jiangxi Forest Conservation project creates a carbon sink, preventing emissions that would have been created from logging activities and also helping to mitigate some of the harmful effects of air pollution for nearby communities. The local environment also benefits from enhanced biodiversity and is protected from soil erosion, while the project more broadly safeguards the area against illegal logging threats.