One of the Chinese provinces, Sichuan, made the commitment to take care of its ancient trees and the most “special” ones. To protect them, he established fines of up to $ 285,000 for those who fell old trees.
This measure, which will come into effect in 2020, was taken by the authorities of the Standing Committee of the 13th Sichuan Provincial People's Assembly with the aim of setting a precedent on the environmental issue.
It will be applied to "special" trees, understood as those that have a historical, scientific or symbolic value, such as the Ginkgo tree whose existence recalls an event of interest to Chinese culture.
The measure will also consider ancient trees, that is, those that are more than 100 years old.
They will be able to operate it easily since the Chinese province has a registry of all ancient and special tree species.
In total there are more than 70 thousand trees protected by this new regulation. Whoever fells or destroys any of these trees will have to pay a fine of 2 million yuan, the equivalent of about 284 thousand dollars.
“Supported by regulation, Sichuan will create designated electronic files and protection cards for each ancient and special tree in the near future.Liu Hongbao, who heads the administration, told the Chinese Xinhua news agency.