China has protected forests Great and Lesser Hinggan Mountain region in the north east of the country by banning logging there. For the next ten years logging in that region will be illegal in an attempt to help curb climate change.
The ban is part of a forest protection program by the National Development and Reform Commission and State Forestry Administration.
China is trying to increase the size of its forests by 40 million hectares to help reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
The forest reserve in the Hinggan mountains spreads out over 430,000 square kilometres across Heilongjiang province and into neighbouring Inner Mongolia.