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China invests 20 bln yuan on Ecological Zone on Tibetan Plateau
14:59, February 09, 2009  

China plans to invest a total of 20 billion yuan RMB on the construction of the State Ecological Safe Shelter Zone on the Tibetan Plateau during the eleventh Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010), according to the Environmental Protection Bureau of Tibetan Autonomous Region.

The Tibetan Plateau is considered an essential ecological safe shelter not only to China, but also to Asia. However, ecological environment on the plateau has been suffering an overall deterioration. Consequently, problems such as grassland degradation, land desertification, glacier meltdown, soil erosion etc. are affecting the whole ecological environment in China.

Therefore, the Chinese Government plans to improve ecological conditions on the plateau and construct the Ecological Safe Shelter Zone by protecting and constructing three shelter zones from 2008 to 2030.

According to the construction program drawn up by the Tibetan Autonomous Regional Government, in the short term plan for 2008 to 2015, the government aims to harness 30 percent of the Region's moderately and severely degraded grasslands, to control soil erosion caused by human factors in key areas and to repair damaged biodiversity.

Measures to meet these targets include returning grazing land to pastures, controlling rodent and pest damages, standardizing construction of five regional nature reserves and rural biogas construction, etc.

The whole project is expected to be completed in 2030, when ecosystem in Tibet will enter into a benign circle and serve to protect ecological environment in China and neighboring countries.

Source: Xinhua

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