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Nature reserves make up one-third of land in Tibet
15:06, November 17, 2010  

Tibetan Autonomous Region has established 47 different nature reserves as of 2010, according to the Department of Environmental Protection in Tibet. Tibet has a total of 413,700 square kilometers of nature reserves, accounting for more than 34 percent of Tibetan land and ranking first nationwide.

This indicates that more than one-third of the land in Tibet has been included in nature reserves and is strictly protected. This has made a significant contribution to the protection of global species diversity.

According to sources, in order to restore the natural ecosystem, impact from human activities such as economic development have been strictly restricted in the established nature reserves. The ecological environment in most nature reserves is tending towards stability at present and is gradually developing in the direction of a healthy circle.

Therefore, breeding grounds and habitats for rare or endangered species, important ecological systems and important wetlands for migratory birds as well as natural landscapes, geological and biological sites that possess important scientific and research value are well protected in Tibet.

A senior official from the Department of Environmental Protection in Tibet said that the leadership and departments at all levels have attached great importance to environmental protection in Tibet. In the past five years, in order to strengthen the construction of nature reserves, eight regional-level wetland reserves including the Midika Wetland Reserve, were established, and plans for adjusting the scale and layout of four national nature reserves were developed and discussed.

Meanwhile, Tibet has received a special fund of nearly 7 million yuan from the central government to renovate national nature reserves in Mount Qomolangma and Lalu Wetland.

Tibet is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions, with 125 wild animals and 39 wild plants under special and effective state protection in nature reserves. The Tibetan red deer, generally considered by the international animal research community to have become extinct, was discovered again in Tibet, and its population has been increasing steadily. In addition, the number of Tibetan antelopes, which has also increased year by year, now stands at around 150,000.

So far, Tibet has established 21 ecological reserves, which have effectively protected the eco-environment of the autonomous region.

By People's Daily Online


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