Mother pays tribute to late son by greening the Inner Mongolia deserts

Yi Jiefang carries out her mission to plant trees across the Inner Mongolia deserts. Photo: SCMP

For the past decade, Yi Jiefang has been on a crusade to honour the wish of her deceased son - to plant the deserts of Inner Mongolia with trees. Now, with more than 1.1 million trees in the ground, the 65-year-old who has poured most of her savings into the cause says she must carry on, not just for the sake of her son but to raise awareness of the role of trees in protecting the environment.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 6:52am

Forests decimated by storms

About one-tenth of the mainland's forests have been damaged by the recent winter storms, Xinhua reported yesterday. Nearly 90 per cent of forests in the hardest-hit regions were ruined, it said.

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Logging success at home is not enough

The mainland knows well that forests are more valuable when left standing than cut down for timber. Centuries of environmental abuse have led to spreading deserts, destructive floods, falling water quality and dust storms. Learning the lesson the hard way has resulted in aggressive forest-protection and tree-planting programmes in recent years.

18 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Great hunger

China's growth over the last 10 years has amazed and delighted the world. No country has brought more people out of poverty in such a short time.

There is a dark side to this growth, however, which it seems the world is happy not to think about at this stage. China has limited natural resources and must import huge amounts of food.

29 Sep 2003 - 12:00am


More than 1.43 million hectares of cultivated land was converted to woodland last year, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources. It says the country will face challenges in land use due to the reforestation policy. China's amount of cultivated land per capita is only 0.1 hectare, 43 per cent of the world average.

28 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Zhu pushes green task for economy

Market forces should play a greater role in the Government's reforestation campaign, Premier Zhu Rongji has said.

The Premier made the remarks at a recent conference held to discuss how to integrate the reforestation programme into the Government's expensive scheme to develop its northwest provinces, according to Xinhua yesterday.

31 Jul 2000 - 12:00am