Afforestation / Reforestation

Afforestation Along the Gobi Desert's Margin, Northern China

The massive afforestation effort being conducted along the eastern margin of the Gobi Desert is known as the Green Wall of China. This is the largest afforestation program ever undertaken. The Chinese government is executing it in order to limit the effects of dryland degradation and thereby stop the expansion of the Gobi Desert into arable lands and urban areas (BBC News 2001; Gelkin 2009).