China plans to invest $3 billion in the next 10 years to develop alternative energy fuels, combat desertification and prevent landslides.
Wu Jian, a senior engineer with State Forestry Administration, said at a news conference on Wednesday that the trees will fight climate change by absorbing carbon and will produce material for bio-diesel and ethanol fuels by 2020.
The plan aims to have 23 percent of the country covered with forests in 10 years, a 3 percent increase from the current level.
China is one of the world's fastest-growing economies and relies on coal to meet two-thirds of its energy needs. It has been under increasing pressure to take more forceful measures to curb releases of greenhouse gases.
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