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China’s Natural Forest Protection Program: Progress and impacts

Publication: The Forestry Chronicle
14 July 2017


This is a brief review on the progress and impacts of China’s Natural Forest Protection Program that was initiated in response to massive flooding in 1998 of the major river basins of China. The program was heavily financed by the central government and was a success in terms of three program goals: timber harvest control in the natural forests; increase in the total area of forest protection; and, the successful resettlement of forest workers who were affected by reduced harvests. The ecological, social, and economic impacts of the program are discussed.


Voici une brève revue des progrès et des résultats qu’a connus le Programme de protection des forêts naturelles chinoises amorcé à la suite de l’importante inondation survenue en 1988 dans les principaux bassins de rivières de la Chine. Le programme, financé à grands frais par le gouvernement central, a été couronné de succès dans les trois axes qu’on lui avait donné : contrôle de la récolte dans les forêts naturelles; augmentation de la surface forestière totale sous protection; et rétablissement des travailleurs forestiers qui avaient subi les contrecoups de la diminution de la récolte. Cet article examine les effets du programme sur les volets écologiques, sociaux et sur l’économie.

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cover image The Forestry Chronicle
The Forestry Chronicle
Volume 93Number 02June 2017
Pages: 113 - 117


Version of record online: 14 July 2017

Key Words

  1. natural forest protection and restoration
  2. timber harvest control
  3. plantations


  1. protection et rétablissement des forêts naturelles
  2. récolte de bois
  3. plantations



Faculty of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, 35 Qinghua East Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China

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