japan: greening the mongolian desert in china
In reaction to this situation, Friends of the Earth Japan began working with a village in the Horquin Sandy Land area in 2001 in a project called ‘Greening the Desert’. By 2010, their collaboration had expanded to twelve villages and two junior high schools in the area.
Joint activities include planting trees and protecting grasses to allow them to recover. Ultimately, lands are being transformed into farmlands and grassy fields so that people can once again graze their cattle. They will also be able to sell cut grass in order to earn money. In 20 years, it is predicted that they will be able to supplement their incomes by selling trees as logs, while avoiding excess deforestation.
Friends of the Earth Japan will continue to support and encourage their efforts so that they can live in coexistence with nature by themselves.