On November 30, 2018, the summary & commendation congress for the 40th anniversary of the Three-North Program was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The congress conveyed the important instructions of the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, the President of the State and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission XI Jinping, and the instructions of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Premier of the State Council LI Keqiang. HAN Zheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier of the State Council, attended and spoke. The congress honored and praised 98 Advanced Collectives, 98 Advanced Individuals and 20 winners of the “Green Great Wall Medal” who have made remarkable contributions to the Three-North Program. The Forest Ecology & Forestry Ecological Engineering Research Center of the Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), won the honor of the Advanced Collective and is the only team from the CAS that got this honor in the congress.
The construction of the Three-North Shelterbelts started in1978. It is a major ecological project initiated in the first year of China's Reform and Opening-up and is an important landmark project for the Ecological Civilization Construction. After 40 years of unremitting efforts, the program has achieved great ecological, economic and social benefits and has become a successful example of ecological governance in the world today. In 2018, it was the 40th anniversary of the Three-North Program. The National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (NFGA) authorized the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a third-party agency, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the 40-year construction of the Three-North Program. Considering the academic level and remarkable achievements of IAE in the field of shelter forest research, the leaders of CAS assigned the task to IAE.
The shelter forest research team of IAE spent one and a half years in investigation, analysis, remote sensing interpretation, scientific evaluation, consultation and discussion, and finally completed a comprehensive assessment report on the 40-year construction of the Three-North Program. In this report, the research team also put forward countermeasures and suggestions for the future construction of the program. Their consultation report "Efficiency and Problems of the 40-year Construction of the Three-North Shelter Forest Program: Analyses and Recommendations" were adopted by the General Office of the State Council and the General Office of the CPC Central Committee. The comprehensive assessment work has got unanimous approval and favorable comments from experts and scholars in the research field, as well as relevant government departments, including the NFGA.
The grand event was followed by lots of media reports, including Xinhua News Agency and People's Daily Online.