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Wangyedian multi-functional forest experimental base project
25 Feb 2020     

 

Wangyedian Forest Experience Base Project

 

Project Title

Wangyedian Forest Experience Base Project

Supervisory Agency

Chifeng Forest Bureau, Inner Mongolia, China

Executing Agency

Wangyedian Forest Farm

Site Location

Wangyedian Forest Farm, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China

Contact

Wangyedian: Ma Chenggong (313519837@qq.com)

APFNet: Li Zhaochen (lizhaochen@apfnet.cn)

Project Duration

01/2018 – 12/2019

Budget in CNY (APFNet/total grant amount)

13,999,200/19,824,426

Objectives

To build a Forest Experience Base which demonstrates forest therapy, forest experience methods, environmental education and forest eco-tourism;

To establish a long-term sustainable forest management demonstration site;

To establish wetland experience area to demonstrate the restoration of wetland eco-system;

To renovate the Forest Experience Service & Accommodation Center.

Expected Outputs

3.9 ha of forest therapy area developed, 27 cabins constructed;

667 ha of long-term sustainable forest management demonstration site established;

Forest Experience Service & Accommodation Center renovated and put into operation.

 

Introduction

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Wangyedian Forest Farm

 

Forests provide a wide range of environmental and social services, including timber production, biodiversity conservation, local climate regulation and many cultural services associated with recreational activities and nature experience. Traditionally, forest management has targeted only a small subset of these benefits, particularly timber production, while ignoring the social benefits which forests could provide to people. In the past decades, China has made a name for itself as one of the economies with the largest reforestation programs, but with the main objective to produce timber, the management typically focusses on growing even-aged, monoculture forest stands dominated by a few economically valuable tree species. These days, the government authorities have recognized the need to introduce new management practices that value community participation and utilize multiple forest functions, to ensure the sustainable production and health of the forest.

 

Since 2011, APFNet has launched 2 phases of project entitled ”Construction of Multifunctional Forest Management Demonstration” in Wangyedian Forest Farm, demonstrating a multi-functional forest management approach and exploring how economic, social and environmental benefits can be balanced and enhanced in one forest farm at the same time. The project introduced sustainable forest management (SFM) and close-to-nature forest management (CNFM) principles to the forest farm, and a series of forest management practices which covered the full life cycle of forest management were demonstrated. Additionally, the project also supported the establishment of forest recreation areas and a forestry experience and training center, where education on multi-functional management, CFNM and forest rehabilitation can be provided.

 

In 2018, based on the outcomes of previous projects, APFNet launched the “Wangyedian Forest Experience Base Project” in Wangyedian Forest Farm. The project aims to further promote cultural services of forests and enhance the “forest culture” development in the farm. A forest-oriented experience and education base, which is guided by sustainable development principles, will be established. Specifically, the base in Wangyedian will serve as a multi-purpose facility which can be used as a forest experience and education platform, host exhibitions on forest-related themes, and provide outdoor trails for forest eco-tourism and forest therapy.  

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Fig. 1 The 666ha forest experience base

Establishing the 666ha Forest Experience Base

 

With increasing prosperity, the immaterial benefits forests can bring are becoming more and more important. Forest recreation and eco-tourism thus do not only present new ways forests can benefit people, but also new sources of income and livelihoods. The APFNet project in Wangyedian is trying to put a type of forest-oriented experience and education into practice through establishing a forest experience base which mainly include the previously constructed APFNet Multifunctional Forest Experience and Training Center, a 666 ha long-term SFM demonstration site, a multi-cultural “village” with 24 ethnic huts, representing different economies in Asia-Pacific, a 3.9 ha forest therapy area, and an arboretum showcasing the main species from Wangyedian area.

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Fig. 2 Bird’s eye view of the forest experience base

The 666 ha long-term SFM demonstration site. Here the project has attempted to design a real long-term forest management plan. This 200-year forest management plan (2018-2218) has been developed for the 666 ha demonstration site, taking into consideration long-term trends like climate change and also new demands from ecotourism to integrate more “colorful” species into the landscape and transforming monocultures into more resilient natural mixed forests.

 

The APFNet Multifunctional Forest Experience and Training Center, which includes an education hub exhibiting forest-related sustainability themes, serves both as an outreach and educational platform to share best practices and lessons learned on forest management.

 

The Forest Experience Service & Accommodation Center, located next to the APFNet Multifunctional Forest Experience and Training Center, has 2 meeting rooms and can provide accommodation for around 80 people. The two centers are four hours away from the APFNet headquarter, and thus present an ideal location - both immersed in nature and forests, and close enough for international participants - to conduct workshops and conferences.

 

The Asia-Pacific village with 24 ethnic huts. In this area 24 ethnic huts were built under project which offer visitors the opportunity to experience APFNet member economies’ culture and architecture through different huts, each designed according to the style of traditional houses in that economy. The ethnic huts will increase the ecotourism potential of Wangyedian Forest Farm and provide commercial accommodation that can be booked online.

 

The 8 ha Arboretum. The arboretum of Wangyedian collects and showcases the main species present in Wangyedian. No less than 100 species, including trees, shrubs and herbs are displayed here with easily readable name plates, which make it possible for visitors to experience the full diversity of Wangyedian’s flora in a short period of time.

 

The forest therapy area, where in previous project phases a 2.2km long forest trail has been transformed into an educational and therapeutic forest experience trail. The trail is sub-divided into different themes, such as reforestation, forest biodiversity, forest products, close-to-nature forest management and forest therapy. In each theme, different facilities help tourists understand forests at a deeper level.

 

Attachments:

1. Location of Wangyedian Forest Farm

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2. Map of Wangyedian Forest Farm

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3. Wangyedian Brochure