Qinhuangdao, China

Qinhuangdao, China. Credit: Brian Dell

Project Location:
Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China

Key Activities:

  • Planting 2,000 trees across 1.8 acres
  • Restoring wildlife habitat
  • Improving the urban forest for various ecological benefits

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation, American Forests and Sino-Union Create are partnering to plant 2,000 trees in an area of Qinhuangdao, China, to improve the local environment and increase wildlife habitat.

Why This Project:
By engaging hundreds of volunteers in tree plantings and education efforts, this project is helping to improve the local environment of the Shanhaiguan District of Qinhuangdao. The new trees provide increased amounts of ecosystem services to the district’s residents, including improved air quality and water management. This area of the city is also popular with tourists, as it contains a portion of the Great Wall of China. Therefore, the trees also improve and enhance visitor experiences, helping the local economy. Another benefit of this project is the creation of new habitat for the area’s wildlife, including many different species of local birds.

Why Qinhuangdao:
Qinhuangdao is a major port city in Hebei Province in northeast China. Home to almost three million residents, Qinhuangdao also receives a steady stream of tourists to see its portion of the Great Wall of China. Traditionally a seaport and tourist destination, Qinhuangdao has many plans in place for economic and technological expansion, so as the city opens itself to more industry, it is critical to assure the green infrastructure of the city remains healthy and intact to offset the effects of development.