ke up for the environmental arrears of the past, and its lack of forest c
over and vulnerable ecology remain problems requiring substantial efforts to conquer.
He called on officials at different levels to lead the public in making unwavering efforts to continue with tree planting programs.
It is also important to act on the understanding that clear w
aters and lush mountains are invaluable assets, promote the high-quality development of forestati
on programs and continue to promote the development of forested cities and rural areas, he said.
He also called for greater efforts to improve the living environm
ent, develop the green economy and step up the management and protection of forests.
Environmental protection has long been a priority for Xi, who has called on several occasions for efforts to protect the natu
ral environment “the way we protect our eyes”, and cherish it “as we cherish our own lives”.