China's forest distribution

New research from the Worldwatch Institute shows that over the next 10 years, afforestation efforts in China—planting forests where there were none before—could lead to the creation of more than 1 million “green jobs” in 2020 alone. If indirect employment opportunities in related sectors are also included, China’s investment in its forestry sector could generate as many as 2.5 million green jobs in 2020.

These are among the findings of an upcoming Worldwatch research report exploring the potential for green job opportunities in China, focusing on three main sectors: forestry, power generation, and transportation. The goal of the study, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and written in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is to examine the current status and future potential of China’s green economy.

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afforestation, China, emissions reductions, forestry, green economy, green jobs