China has collaborated and introduced a partnership with BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) countries including Pakistan. In this partnership, China will develop three ‘Green Economic Belts’ in co-operation with different international civic and non-governmental organizations. Other than Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Iran are also a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. After CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor), this concept is lined up to promote a healthy environment among different countries.
The Belt and Road International Forum was held in Wuwei, Gansu province, on Public Cooperation for Ecological Remediation where this initiative was released by China Green Foundation. It was announced that three belts would be developed in Northwest China and link the countries of West and Central Asia.
Belts will be created using poplar tress. It is stated that poplar trees cover 648,000 hectares of area globally. Most of them are present in the 17 countries, also part of BRI. 61% of total poplar trees forests are found solely in China. For instance, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, 31,840 hectares of area in Hotan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is covered by the poplar forest produces income of 672 million yuan ($98 million).
A tourism industry developed by the residents of Inner Mongolia’s Ejin Banner, themed on poplar tree forests. In, 2015, >1.1 million tourists were attracted by this industry from home and abroad both, and 1.4 billion yuan were generated annually.