This project improves livelihoods and saves greenhouse gases through afforestation in the counties of Huangping, Wengan and Anlong in Guizhou Province, some of China’s most impoverished areas. The majority of residents here have no education with ethnic minorities making up a large share of the population. Irrational exploitation of soil resources has led to increasing rocky desertification and land degradation in these counties.
As part of this project, native tree species with great vitality and adaptation to karst areas like fir, cypress and pint, are planted on 39,000 hectares of barren land that belongs to the villagers. Providing 28,500 full-time jobs for locals, with 60% of the beneficiaries being women, the project saves an average of 600,000 tons of CO2 per year. Besides the greenhouse gas sequestration, the project contributes to biodiversity conservation by increasing the connectivity of forests, improving soil for water conservation as well as enhancing the livelihoods of local families through new income and job opportunities.