Exploring the lungs of Asia

The forests of Asia are majestic, beautiful, and incredibly unique. Yet, many of us take their existence for granted. As they disappear, it’s time to take a deeper look at our forests—and decide where we stand in the global fight for their conservation.

This article helps understand the nature and role of China’s and her neighbours forests, in the broader bio-geographical context of Asia. It presents some excellent information that will be invaluable to those concerned about the future of forests across Asia and the globe.

China leads Asia and the world in replanting trees and reafforestation. Recently, China has placed a greater emphasis on restoring the biodiversity of its natural ecosystems and forest habitats.


While woodlands adapt to climatic zones rather than political boundaries, researchers have classified them by regions—Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania—for many years. Under this classification, only about 17.4 percent of all forests we have are here in Asia—a pretty small but precious slice of the world’s forests .

Forests. Home to life-giving giants on Earth—our planet’s natural skyscrapers, effortlessly dwarfing every other living thing we know of. Stretching across a good 31 percent of Earth’s land, forests adapt and thrive in various climatic zones: these are the lungs providing oxygen to the Earth itself.

Each zone’s forests possess their own unique characteristics, and this article discusses and illustrates these and their different management needs. Globally, forests reside in three types of climates: the tropical, temperate, and boreal zones:

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