New approaches in urban forestry to minimize invasive species impacts: The case of Xiongan new area in China

Hui Ping Li, Jacob D. Wickham, Kathryn Bushley, Zhi Gang Wang, Bin Zhang, Jiang Hua Sun

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China is implementing an extensive urban forestry plan in Xiongan New Area (XNA), a new city in Hebei province. The city has been designated to serve Beijing’s noncapital functions and promote the integration of the broader Beijing–Tianjin–Hebei city-region. As part of a green initiative to minimize environmental impacts and its carbon footprint, a massive urban forestry system has been planned on an unprecedented scale, expected to cover over 600 km2 by 2030. Using science to inform policy, one major goal is to simultaneously minimize impacts of invasive species, while making urban forests more resilient to potential invasive species threats. In this review, we introduce these urban forestry plans such as basic concepts and principles for afforestation, tree species to be planted, delineation of existing pests already established, and expected forest invasive species of concern threatening the new area. Finally, we introduce a framework for invasive pest management strategies in XNA based on a “big data” approach and decision system to minimize impacts of invasive species. This new approach to urban forestry has the potential to become an exemplary global model for urban forestry planning, one that integrates research activities focused on forest health surveys and monitoring with sustainable forestry management. Finally, we provide an overview of the forest health policy required for the design of an unprecedentedly large new urban forest from initial planning to full implementation of an integrated forest management program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number300
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work was funded by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFC1200400), a special grant for talent introduction in Hebei Agricultural University (YJ201954) and European Project (HOMED-H202n0771271).

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© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Pest invasion
  • Pest management
  • Urban forest
  • Xiongan new area


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