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City to plant more trees to hit target

CITY authorities plan to add more than 180,000 mu (12,000 hectares) of forest before the end of next year to realize a 15 percent coverage target.

The rate was just over 13 percent at the end of last year, or 8.5 points below the national average, said Lu Yuexing, director of the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

Over the years, trees have been lost to urban sprawl, infrastructure development and farming adjustments, he said.

In the 2009-12 period, 79,900 mu of forest was added, but 53,900 mu was lost, reducing the net gain, he said.

As well as planting more tress in the coming years, the authorities will enhance management and pest control systems to better protect forests, he said.


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