April 3, 2018 -- China’s State Council recently announced 17 new national nature reserves, with Tibet’s two wetlands - the Maidika marsh and Lake Manasarovar on the list.
Located in Burang county, Ngari prefecture, Lake Manasarovar covers a total area of 101,190 hectares, including 67,791.32 hectares of the core zone, 10,680.67 hectares of the buffer zone and 22,718.01 hectares of the experimental zone.
As a habitat for black-necked cranes and Tibetan antelopes, Lake Manasarovar protects biodiversity of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Located in Lhari county, Nagqu prefecture, the Maidika marsh covers a total area of 88,052.37 hectares, including 32,882.47 hectares of the core zone, 14,164.04 hectares of the buffer zone and 41,005.86 hectares of the experimental zone.
It has abundant plateau fish and is a stopover habitat for black-necked cranes and tadorna ferrugineas.
During the past five years, Tibet has hired 35,000 environmental law enforcement officers, poured 25.4 billion yuan to fund protection work, and set up 47 nature reserves including 11 national-level ones.
By: Ma Wenhui