USEUROPEAFRICAASIA 中文双语Français
China
Home / China / Environment

Private firms help push back deserts and poverty

By Hou Liqiang | China Daily | Updated: 2018-06-22 09:21
The central government invested in tree planting in Inner Mongolia autonomous region's Kubuqi Desert in 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

Entrepreneurs in Inner Mongolia are playing a key role in combating desertification through economic development, as Hou Liqiang reports.

The Kubuqi Desert, 800 kilometers west of Beijing, used to be a significant source of the sandstorms that plagued northern China until about a decade ago. A strong breeze could carry sand to the Chinese capital overnight, but it was residents of the desert who suffered the most.

"When I was young, we had a lot of troubles with sand. Often, in just one night, sand would pile up outside our house, blocking the door," said Chen Ningbu, a 70-year-old resident of the desert in Ordos, Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

But by Sunday, which was World Day to Combat Desertification, the desert's vegetation coverage had risen to 53 percent, up from virtually zero three decades ago. Residents say it is even rare to see a sandstorm in the desert nowadays.

Meanwhile, at least 100,000 people have been lifted out of poverty as afforestation continues in the country's seventh-largest desert, which covers an area of 18,600 square kilometers.

1 2 3 4 Next   >>|
Top
BACK TO THE TOP
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349
FOLLOW US