Data protection

Wu’erqihan

Image of Wu'erqihan

Inner Mongolia, where annual mean temperatures is -2.9°C, is known for its breathtaking landscape, diverse wildlife and rich natural resources. However, without action, logging will continue to expand across this icy region, impacting wildlife and contributing to rising concentrations of planet-warming gases in the atmosphere. This project aims to address this by converting previously logged birch and larch forests into 43,167 hectares of protected forest.

The Context

Located in the eastern region of Inner Mongolia, in between the Greater Khingan Mountain Range and the Hailar River, this vast and snowy landscape is covered by important birch and larch forest. For years, this forestland has been logged with government approval for timber production and farming. As well as impacting the global climate, this has caused severe soil erosion on land which is already challenged by harsh temperatures, and it has threatened the area’s rich variety of wildlife, including deer, elk, marten and hare. The traditional nomadic lifestyle of the locals has also come under assault due to these consequences of deforestation.

The Project

The project will reforest, protect and conserve 43,167 hectares of birch and larch forest across 13 state owned departments.

The Benefits

Converting this land from logged to protected forest will mitigate significant greenhouse gas emissions and reduce global warming, which is directly impacting the icy peaks and ecosystems of this region. It drives biodiversity conservation and soil erosion control, allowing the natural forest ecology to flourish once again. It urgently promotes a cleaner, greener future for China.