The Shanghai Roots & Shoots Million Tree Project, which began in 2007, aims to raise community awareness of the Earth’s precious environment while focusing on steps individuals can take to lessen their negative impact on the natural world. By planting trees in Inner Mongolia, the Million Tree Project is designed to improve both ecological and humanitarian conditions there. The project gives individuals and organizations an opportunity to fight climate change by planting oxygen-producing trees. It also encompasses true capacity building as the local population is intimately involved with, and benefits from, every step of planting, maintaining and monitoring the trees. Now the program has expanded to Lingwu, Ningxia to continue the good work.
位置和目标 Location & Goal
One tree at a time 一步一脚印
内蒙古通辽市 Tongliao, Inner Mongolia
A combination of the climate change and land exploitation such as overgrazing and over-farming have degraded the land of Tongliao Municipality, Inner Mongolia, and the now desertified area is expanding at an astonishing rate. Sandstorms strike Inner Mongolia and its surrounding areas each spring, destroying local homes and forcing many people to flee their native land. This project will reforest the area in order to revitalize the land and block the sandstorms. Learn More
宁夏灵武市 Lingwu, Ningxia
The new program in Ningxia is located in Baijitan Reserve, Lingwu, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, at the southwest margin of Maowusu desert. Desertification is caused by a complex set of environmental and anthropogenic factors that have been at work over historical periods of time and is now threatening critical infrastructure and farmland in the Yellow River corridor. MTP’s effort would contribute to stop Maowusu Sandy Land from expanding, improve the ecosystem and lessen the economic impact of desertification to Yellow River corridor region. Learn More
树种种类 Type of Trees
因地制宜 Plant the proper trees
杂交杨树 Hybrid Poplars
Particularly effective at sequestering carbon and do not require large amounts of water.
樟子松 Scotch Pines
Pinus sylvestnis var. mongolica Litv.
Suitable for fighting desertification in nearby areas. Live very long and ever-green.
Yellowhorn seeds contain twice the amount of oil as soybeans, and can be used for both cooking and industrial purposes. This species has a long history of successful growth in the region and will return both economic and ecological benefits.
小叶锦鸡儿 Caragana (bush)
Caragana microphylla Lam
Caragana is a typical local shrub and very important to the ecosystem in the arid and semi-arid region, also an excellent balance between biological restoration and economic development.
Artemisia desertorum has good sand blocking effect because its stems logarithmically clustered. It is an excellent sand fixation plant.
Calligonum arborescens Litv.
Calligonum is the pioneer tree species for sand fixation. It basically has no leaves, photosynthetic function transferred to the new branches, the roots are also developed.
Caragana Korshinskii Kom
Caragana Korshinskii Kom is a kind of plants which can fix sand efficiently and green Barren hills, and its roots grow with nodules which have fertilizer effect. Its twigs, leaves also contain nitrogen, and it is a good raw material for retting green manure.
Hedysarum scoparium has nodules, and it can fix the air nitrogen to supply their own needs. Thus, it can grow vigorously in the barren sand, and it also has a good soil improvement effect.