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

Province is drying up

Jilin province's desertification has created environmental problems not only for its cities but also for nearby provinces and even Beijing. As land in the northeastern province dries up and becomes deserts, soil is loosened and swept away by the wind, causing sandstorms in central and southern China.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Environmental envoys

Climate change is one of the biggest concerns in the modern world. We always hear about ice sheets melting in the North and South Poles, and countries being badly hit by droughts and floods. But, besides the rise in temperature, our city has not been directly affected by global warming.

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Salt seller

These banks and fields of salt create a surreal landscape by Lake Caka, high in the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The 100 sq km lake has 450 million tonnes of salt reserves, mined commercially since 1950. The salt is sold in China and exported, but decreased rainfall and desertification due to overgrazing, industrial development and tourism are causing the lake to shrink.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Villagers fight on the front line in battle against desertification

Central government recruits farmers to plant trees in a bid to reverse the trend

Standing beside a waist-high pine tree on a lifeless mountain known as Dunan, in Hebei province , villager Zhang Zhenku said his tree-planting job paid nearly 40 yuan a day.

16 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland must get more serious on desert menace

Nowhere is the strain being put on China's environment more apparent than in the northwest, where misused land has become desolate and prey to encroaching deserts. Too many livestock, poor agricultural practices, the cutting down of forests and rapidly growing urban sprawl are contributing to a looming catastrophe with grave implications for social stability.

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Better plan needed to halt burgeoning deserts

China urgently needs to devise a comprehensive plan to curb desertification, according to a government adviser.

13 Aug 2001 - 12:00am