Over the past 30 years, planting shrubs and trees led to greening of over 6000 square kilometers of this desert. Carbon sequestration is now 15.4 million tons, water source recharge is 24,376 million cubic meters, and oxygen release about 18.3 million tons. The region located in Inner Mongolia is now a United Nations “World Ecological Economic Demonstration Area”, and NASA, based on satellite images, recognized China’s “Outsized Contribution” to global greening trends. China at present accounts to 1/4th of the world’s greening expansion area.
China Daily, February 12, 2019