Major environmental projects planned for Tibet
Updated: 2006-02-13 17:20
A total of 6 billion yuan (US$750) will be invested on environmental
protection projects in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region during the
country's 11th Five-Year Program period (2006-2010).
According to the regional finance bureau, a number of key projects featuring
the protection of local natural resources such as forests, grasslands,
marshlands and headstreams of rivers and lakes will meet the targets of the
environmental protection program.
Meanwhile, the region will carry out measures to preserve rare plants and
animals in order to maintain the balance between nature and social development.
In addition, major efforts will be made to solve problems that have arisen
from fast development of industrial and economic activities, including urban
waste water and garbage disposal, to reforest farmland, to control water
pollution and to protect the rural environment.
During the 10th Five-Year Program (2001-2005), Tibet achieved remarkable
progress in environmental protection.
By 2005, 38 nature reserves had been set up across the region with a total
land area of 408,300 sq km, making it the biggest in China and accounting for 34
percent of the region.
China's total investment in environmental protection is estimated to reach
1.3 trillion yuan (about US$162.5) in the coming five years, said sources from
the State Environmental Protection Administration.