Air Liquide China has said it will work with SEE Foundation to plant 10,000 saxaul trees in Alxa, Inner Mongolia, as part of its new CSR project Air Liquide Saxaul Forest.
The project was kickstarted yesterday (17th March) with a donation of RMB 1m yuan ($154,000) to support the tree planting that is expected to cover approximately 1.5 million square meters.
Air Liquide China has carried out its “Green Action” annual tree-planting campaign since 2009 and is now present in over 40 Chinese cities.
In recent years, the local government of Inner Mongolia has encouraged planting trees in dry areas to combat desertification, boost biodiversity and improve living environment.
Adapted to harsh weather, Saxaul, also called Haloxylon, is often a first choice for forestation in the desert. They offer a natural habitat to the saxaul sparrow birds, and its roots host a type of herbal medicine which is of high medicinal and economic value.
Saxaul trees can absorb carbon dioxide, contributing to reduction of carbon emissions.
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