Mar. 9, 2018 -- Phurbu Dondrub, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress, speaks at a plenary meeting of the Tibet autonomous region's delegation to the top legislature's annual session in Beijing on Thursday. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]
Region's chairman says measures vital to protect fragile environment
Mar. 9, 2018 -- The Tibet autonomous region has adopted the toughest environmental protection measures in China to prevent pollution caused by the tourism industry, according to the head of the regional government.
"Although tourist activities haven't harmed Tibet's ecosystem, we have already taken measures to prevent possible threats to the environment," Qizhala, the region's chairman, said on Thursday during a plenary meeting of the Tibet delegation to the 13th National People's Congress.
Located on the main body of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Tibet is famous for its unique geographical features and rich wildlife, and has been dubbed the "roof of the world".
Tibet was visited 25.7 million times by tourists last year, an increase of 11.8 percent year-on-year. Considering the region covers 1.22 million square kilometers, the impact of tourism on its ecosystem is limited, Qizhala said during the session, which was open to the media.
Preventive measures have been adopted to protect the environment from being harmed by future tourist activities. The measures are the toughest in China, he said.