According to the Department of Environmental Protection of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibet has intensified efforts to develop key ecological functional conservation districts by carring out many projects, such as the program of restoring grazing areas to grasslands, conversion of farmland to forest (CFF) project, natural reserve areas and so on. Currently, a total of 22 ecological functional conservation districts have been established.
"The eco-environmental construction in Tibet will focus on protecting the fountainhead regions of large rivers, grasslands, wetlands, natural forests and biodiversity species, especially, highland vegetation and wildlife." said Wufeng, deputy director of the Policy and Regulation Office of the Department of Environmental Protection of Tibet.
In 2001, ecological functional conservation district in the fountainhead region of Yalu Tsangpo River was labelled as the state-level pilot ecological functional conservation district. In 2005, Tibet drew up a master plan and a feasibility study report of the fountainhead regions of Yalu Tsangpo River, Nujiang River, Lhasa River, Niyanghe River, and the wetlands in the middle and lower reaches of Niyanghe River. In 2010, Tibet implemented the ecological compensation for 3 state-level key ecological functional conservation districts.