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Forest area in Gansu Tibetan-inhabited area up
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The forest coverage in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southern Gansu Province, has risen to 20.7 percent from 19.58 percent in 1998. Many ried-up mountain streams have been refilled with fresh running water. (Xinhua Photo)


The forest coverage in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southern Gansu Province, has risen to 20.7 percent from 19.58 percent in 1998, with eco-environmental deterioration effectively curbed.

The prefecture has northwest China's largest forest area, which has been designated as one of the nine key forest zones in the country.


A giant panda is seen on the Duo'er Mountain in Diebu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southern Gansu Province. (Xinhua Photo)


By the end of last year, Gannan had had a reforested area of 31,000 ha, secondary forest of 3,500 ha and area fenced off for afforestation of 166,300 ha. It had also returned 31,100 ha of farmland to woods and protected natural forest resources on 339,000 ha.

The higher ratio of the forestry acreage has resulted in an increasing number of wild animals and rare species diversity, such as giant pandas, spotted deer, snow leopards, antelopes, black bears and black-necked cranes.

Many dried-up mountain streams have been refilled with fresh running water, greatly improving the living environment of local residents.

Source: Xinhuanet

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