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China's Saihanba Forest Farm wins prestigious UN award

(CNTV)    09:21, December 06, 2017

China’s Saihanba Forest Farm is the winner of the 2017 Champions of the Earth award.

The announcement of the winner of the prestigious award was made on Tuesday at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

The three-day event opened on Monday.

The awards have been granted to people in four categories of political leadership, inspiration and action, entrepreneurial vision, or science and innovation since 2005.

It is the highest environmental honor of UN.

Other than the Saihanba Forest, two other Chinese organizations – Mobike, and Yili Group – were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the protection and restoration of the environment.

Saihanba Forest stretches along the borders of Hebei Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. /Photo via Xinhua

Saihanba Forest stretches along the borders of Hebei Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It was a royal hunting ground over 300 years ago, and during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), the emperors hunted there almost every year.

After the Qing Dynasty collapsed, the area was turned into a wasteland due to deforestation, wildfires and years of wars. Starting 1962, China began to restore the vegetation of the area, and over the past 55 years, three generations of forest guards have worked on its preservation.

The forestry workers have overcome extreme weather and living conditions over the years. The highest temperature in the area is around 33 degrees Celsius, while the lowest is around -43 degrees Celsius. Some areas are covered in snow for seven months a year, and others are affected by gale and sandstorm.

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