Hilly areas of southern China enjoy favorable humid and thermal conditions with great potential in productivity, while some areas have faced problems in terms of forest degradation and sustainable forest management. In 2017, APFNet launched a project Demonstration on Sustainable Forest Management and Restoration in Hilly and Low Mountain Area of Southern China [2016P2-CAF] in Anhui and Zhejiang Province, with aims to enhancing capacities in forest management and restoring the degraded forests from the perspectives of policies and technologies in the typical hilly areas of southern china.
January 11-14 2019, an independent evaluation team visited Qingyang County in Anhui Province and Lin’an District in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province for a mid-term evaluation (MTE) to check the project performance. With document review and interviews followed by the field visit to the project sites, the project received positive feedback from the evaluation team.
So far, all the project activities are in smooth progress. The experimental sample plots and control sample plots have been set up in the project area for long term monitoring. And based on the guideline of forest restoration and management operation, various activities on forest management and rehabilitation over a total area of 127 hectares, have been carried out in two demonstration areas at Qingyang County and Lin’an District.
In Anhui project sites, tending and artificially promoted natural regeneration was applied in a 50 hectares degraded forests through planting Chinese torreya, Chinese fir and other local broad leaf species. Close-to-nature forest management was applied to enhance management of Chinese fir for cultivating large-diameter timber. Intensive and sustainable management of bamboo forest was demonstrated through the development of non-timber forest product.
Field visit to Qingyang project site on degraded forest restoration
In Zhejiang project sites, the project focus on livelihood improvement while promoting forest restoration. The application of sustainable management model on Chinese torreya, a local economic species for obtain nuts, in rocky mountain area has shown its potential effectiveness of improving the livelihood of local community. “APFNet’s project is well implemented in the ground, and not only brings international experience to us but also practically benefits the farmers in the community.” a local farmer told the review team.
Field visit to Lin’an project site on intensive and sustainable management of Chinese torreya
The project Demonstration on Sustainable Forest Management and Restoration in Hilly and Low Mountain Area of Southern China [2016P2-CAF] is carried out by Chinese Academy of Forestry and forestry authorities in Qinyang, County and Lin’an County with a four-year project duration. The total fund of project is $1,410,207, among which $695,207 is supported by APFNet.