Planting trees in Sansha: An unusual task

Updated: 2016-10-14 15:12


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Planting trees in Sansha: An unusual task

People drag a small boat ashore to transport tree seedlings in Sansha on Sep 28, 2016. [Photo/]

Sansha, China's southernmost city, is preparing to plant 500,000 trees within the year in a new "greening of the islands" initiative.

Sansha's island location in the South China Sea means the city's forest-building plans will face challenges, including the transportation of seedlings, limited fresh water supplies and extreme weather, including typhoons.

But the tree planting project is seen as vital because the forests will provide a windbreak and prevent shoreline erosion, improve the area's ecology and benefit residents, officials said.

Transportation of the tree seedlings is a big issue. To transport the tree seedlings to Sansha, people have to use small boats and wait for high tides to reach destinations.

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