Project details
1508 · Afforestation
  • Bijie, China
Afforestation together with local communities in China

Planting trees improves the soil structure, keeps the soil moist so that plants can grow more easily, and contributes to better air quality. That’s why this project in the Chinese city of Bijie in the Guizhou Province aims to transform barren land to a forest by planting native species to sequester greenhouse gas, enhance biodiversity, improve soil and water conservation, and generate income opportunities for local communities.

The project area comprises of 43,600 ha barren lands where a forest was planted. All the land for afforestation belongs to the local villagers, who all agreed to use the land to plant trees. A total of 25,615 locals were hired for planting, which provided additional income opportunities. Planting trees will also improve problems like mud- and landslides.

How does reforestation/afforestation/revegetation contribute to climate action?

Forests are essential in our lives and are among the planet's most important carbon sinks. Besides providing habitats for wildlife, they filter the air, stabilise and protect soils, store water, and contribute to the balance of our climate. However, global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlements, agriculture, illegal logging, and raw material extraction. Afforestation, reforestation, and revegetation activities significantly increase a forest’s carbon storage capacity in both the biomass of the forest and in the soil. The storage capacity varies according to the tree species, age, and location. Experts distinguish these activities in the following way:

Afforestation converts non-forested areas into forest ones. Reforestation restores forest areas that have been damaged or deforested in the past. Revegetation increases the vegetation through planting trees, shrubs, or other plants.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality EducationEmployees receive regular training on safety and health, technology, forest land clearing, tree planting, and afforestation and management. This helps to maintain a high skill level of the workers.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthThe project implementation has provided 25,615 jobs for villagers, among which 60% are women. 75 locals were hired as long-term technicians.
Climate ActionThe project saves about 702,400 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Life on LandIncreasing the forest cover adjusts the hydrological cycle, reduces drought and flood risks, promotes the soil nutrient cycle, and improves the local micro-climate. Having more connected forest area available also benefits wildlife and biodiversity.
Project standardVerified Carbon Standard (VCS)CCBS TechnologyAfforestationRegionBijie, ChinaEstimated annual emission reductions702,405 t CO2Validated byShenzhen CTI International Certification Co., Ltd (CTI)Verified byShenzhen CTI International Certification Co., Ltd (CTI)