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Tree planting project turns barren, windy land into oasis
    Date:08-18-2017 Source:China Daily Author:Li Yang    

Aug. 18, 2017 -- Trinley, a 62-year-old Tibetan farmer, talks about the pots for buttered tea-a popular drink in Tibet-that were a gift from the regional government.[Photo/China Daily]
 
Aug. 18, 2017 -- Ema township in the Tibet autonomous region used to be synonymous with barren, windy land on the north bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River.

It is now an oasis, thanks to a forestation campaign launched by the government.

"Even grass was rare back then, let alone trees," said Ding Kun, head of the Ema township government, speaking of the time before the projects. He clearly remembers the bleakness and desolation.

Migmar, the 52-year-old village head of Liuguo, recalled the situation when he moved to a village in Ema in 2002.

"The sand brought by a storm overnight could block the door by morning. One time in 2004 we got lost while rushing back to our tent from the wilderness when a strong sandstorm hit the region. It was impossible to tell what direction we were going," Migmar said.

In 2013, the government of the Tibet autonomous region made the forestation project on the north bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River a regional ecological restoration strategy, following the central government's call to create an ecological civilization.

 
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