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Tibet’s Six-year Sand Control Spans over 125,600 Hectares

  • Source : China Tibet Online Author : Time : 06/10/2015 Editor : Tenzin Choedron

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    Since 2009, Tibet Autonomous Region has completed 125,600 hectares of desert control with a budget of 374 million yuan. It has had a significant effect on the region, holding back the previous surge in desertification.


    The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has one of most serious desertification problems in the world. Tibet has a very weak ecological environment and is plagued with desertification and soil erosion, due to the high altitudes, cold climate and lack of forest vegetation. Currently, Tibet has 43,269,800 hectares of desert land and 21,618,600 hectares of sandy land. Desertification is widespread in Tibet covering a large area and the state of governance is strict.


    Since the 12th Five-year Plan (2011-2015), Tibet's Forestry Department has laid out clear goals in relation to governance of desertification. Through policy, biological and structural measures they have carried out various control projects, such as implementation of an ecological security barrier to combat desertification, a special financial anti-desertification project, forest protection and others.


    They have also started subsidized pilot projects on enclosed sandy land, which has already achieved significant results. Compared with the results from the third and fourth nationwide monitoring of desertification, desertificated land in Tibet has been reduced by 78,900 hectares and sandy land by 65,700 hectares.


    Also, the sandy weather that has affected the takeoff and landing at the Gongkar Airport in Lhoka Prefecture, has been reduced from 60 per year to 20 days per year.


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