In a tree-planting campaign, East China's Anhui province has planted trees on 652,600 hectares of land over the past five years, exceeding the target by 4 percent, the local government said at a press conference.
The campaign aims to improve the environment, boost forestry economy and build Anhui into an eco-friendly province.
In 2016 alone, the province' s new forests covered an area of 94,667 hectares, or 118 percent of the annual target set by the provincial government, said a government spokesperson.
Afforestation projects were carried out throughout the province. Remarkably, Chizhou, Hefei, Anqing, Huangshan, Xuancheng and Lu'an won the title of national forest cities in recognition of their commitment to the greening initiative. Additionally, 46 cities, 454 towns and 3,379 villages which had done a good job in the campaign received honors from the provincial government.
The province's tree survival rate stood at 91.2 percent, statistics showed.
The local government has injected more than 21 billion yuan (about US$3 billion) into the campaign, according to the spokesperson.