The Beijing Military Area Command (MAC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held a mobilization meeting in Hohhot, capital of northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on February 21, 2013 on support for the ecological project of the development of the western provinces of China.
The project is scheduled to be completed within 5 to 10 years, after which five wind-shelter belts will be formed in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Shanxi province and Hebei province to prevent the areas of Beijing and Tianjin from the ravages of sandstorms. The project consists of three parts:
First, construct four large forest pastures in the Beijing MAC's directly-administrated areas to basically solve the management problem of the 670,000 mu (44,666 hectares) of sandy wasteland and lock down the channel through which the sandstorm hits Beijing.
Second, build five wind-break and sand-break forest belts respectively from Fengning to Duolun, along Batou in the north of Zhangjiakou, from Datong to Fengzhen, and along the trunk highways from Zhangjiakou to Hohhot and from Hohhot to Erenhot.
Last, build 60 wind-sheltering and sand-fixation ecological green zones with a total area of 3 million mu (200,000 hectares) in desertification-prone areas of Inner Mongolia, and establish 100 voluntary tree-planting bases with a total area of 50,000 mu (3,333 hectares) in places where troop units are stationed.
It is learned that the Beijing MAC will organize tens of thousands of officers and men as well as millions of militiamen and reservists each year to launch a two-month-long construction campaign. This project has currently been in full swing in northern China.
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