China now boasts the largest man-made forest in the world

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China has recently confirmed that it has successfully planted and nurtured a man-made forest so big, it is about the size of France. But what makes this even more fascinating is that China managed this feat in a place considered one of the most isolated, barren and desolate on the planet – the Qinghai Tibet Plateau.

Though the area is constantly battered by severe sand and dust storms – a major deterrence when planting trees – the Chinese Ministry of Forestry has managed to make the endeavour pay off.

Now, the Qinghai Tibet Plateau is covered by approximately 30,000 hectares of trees, the result of an aggressive afforestation plan which can be traced to 1949, according to the Business Times. Presently, the Plateau represents the world’s biggest forestation accomplishment, and has raised China’s forest coverage from 10.6 per cent to 15 per cent.