Tibet closes 29 mines
( 2003-09-28 11:33) (Xinhua)
The Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China has closed 29 mines to improve
the environment in river source areas, along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, around
scenic spots and in major grasslands and wetlands.
The action was taken in accordance with a decision made by the regional
economic and trade bureau, the regional bureau of land and resources, and the
regional bureau for environmental protection.
The three bureaus have canceled permits for the 29 mines, which are located
in Ali, Nagqu and Qamdo.
Zhang Tianhua, deputy director of the regional bureau for environmental
protection, said Tibet boasts rich mineral resources but a fragile environment.
"Development of resources must be predicated on the protection of the
environment and we cannot achieve development at the cost of the interests of
our future generations."
Zhang said other mines also face closure if they do not meet the requirements
for environment protection.