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Tibet to solve eco-problems casued by wildlife
12:57, March 23, 2010  

"To ease the contradiction between protection of the eco-environment and rural people's interests, we must improve our mechanism as how to compensate farmers and herders who are victims of wildlife-caused damages and specify the distribution of related funds scientifically," a leading official of the Shuanghu District, Xainza County, Nagqu Prefecture, Tibet. (China Tibet Information Center Photo)

Norbu, a herdsman in Tibet's Nagqu Prefecture, was delighted to find that grass on his pasture has been flourishing, Yet he has also been disturbed by the increasing number of wild animals grazing there.

"Most of these animals are species under top national protection. So I can do nothing but let them eat as they like," Norbu sighed.

As Tibet has been intensifying efforts in eco-environment protection, the estimated number of wild animals in the prefecture's Xainza County, such as wild donkeys, antelopes, brown bears and blue sheep, has soared to 50,000, with their activity area becoming increasingly larger, said Jogdo, a Tibetan official of the county.

"They consume plants on 210,000 ha of grasslands annually. This has certainly increased pressures on the productive capability of our pastures and caused losses to the herders," he added.

The sharp contradiction between wild and domestic animals has worried Drolju, a leading official of the county's Shuanghu District, as well.

The district is located in the hinterland of the Changtang National Nature Reserve, the largest of its kind in the world.

Drolju noted that inferior to the wildlife in grass-eating competition, domestic animals do not have enough grass to eat, resulting in their poor body condition and lower productivity of animal husbandry.

Meanwhile, large animals like snow leopards, brown bears and wild yaks often intrude into villages nearby, damaging crops or even hurting humans and livestock. Statistics show that wildlife-caused economic losses are estimated at 47 million yuan (6.88 million U.S. dollars) in recent years.

Source: Xinhua
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