The Zhuhai City 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) for Forestry Development & Landscaping Construction was approved on Dec 7. It envisions a city of parks, long range of green corridors, network of ecological water zones, and “colored ribbons.”
Landscaping charted [File photo]
With a discipline of Ecology First, Zhuhai plans to build four systems -- forestry and landscaping ecological project, ecological industry, ecological culture, and support services -- in order to further enhance the quality of forests and form a pattern featuring woods, sea, and water zones.
Specifically, Zhuhai will afforest seven islands which have permanent inhabitants, add 341 hectares of mangrove wetlands, and build 300 hectares of riverbank green belts and 113 hectares of ecological forest network in towns and villages. Constructed will be seven interchanges, 13 pedestrian bridges, 45 overpass bridges, 10 vehicle underpasses, and 12 pedestrian underpasses.
In addition, the city plans to develop forest-based ecotourism, build cultivation bases for indigenous tree species, step up century-old village protection, and establish a botanical garden, coastal nature educational park, and mangrove wetland cultural park. Meanwhile, a forest disaster contingency, prevention and control platform will be set up. Efforts will be made to tighten controls over a forest ecological red line, improve the forest ecological compensation mechanism, and formulate landscaping maintenance standards, according to the plan.
By 2020, forest coverage for the city will be increased to 38.2 percent and the built-up area will have a green coverage rate of 59 percent. Per capita park green space in urban areas will reach 22 sq m. Rates for the protection of ancient and rare trees will be 100 percent, forest fire damage 0.5 percent, and forest pest hazard 0 percent.