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09:01 Jan 22 2010

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Tibet ranks 1st of nature reserve area
09:01, January 22, 2010  

Photo shows a block of black-necked cranes are playing in Lhunzhub County. In 2008, over 7,000 black-necked cranes spent winter around the middle reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, accounting for 80 percent of the total number of black-necked cranes all over the country.

Up to now, 45 nature reserves with a total area of 412,600 square kilometers have been set up in Tibet which ranks the first in China.

Zhang Yongze, director of TAR Environmental Protection Office introduced:" There are 9 state level protected areas, 20 provincial protected areas among the 45 nature reserve areas. In addition, Tibet has also set up 21 ecological function of protected areas, 7 national forest parks, 3 geological parks and 1 state-level scenic spot."

Tibet has increased the investment for ecological and environmental protection constructions year by year, especially during the "11th-Five-Year Plan" period. Up to now, a total investment for ecological protection and construction has increased to 9 billion yuan. More than one-third of the nature reserve areas has been well protected, and become one of the best well protected original ecosystem areas in the world.

Zongga, director of TAR Forestry and Wildlife Office said:" Tibet has 125 species and 39 species of national key protected wild animals and plants respectively. These nature reserve areas covering the habitats of the endangered and rare wildlife make great contributions for protection of global biodiversity."

Source: China Tibet Information Center

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