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China issues white paper on ecological progress on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
update:July 18,2018
"As a result, the environmental quality and living conditions on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have steadily turned better," it said.
"The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is still one of the cleanest regions on earth," said the white paper.
The Plateau has a low intensity of human activity. "The air quality is little impacted, the types of pollutants are few and the density is low, and the content of pollutants is similar to those at the North Pole," it said.
With the promotion of use of green energy, the progress in building ecological towns, and efforts to improve rural environment, the air quality on the Plateau has seen further improvement, it noted.
Of the 96 key cities whose annual density of particles met relevant standards in 2016, 16 were located on the Plateau.
An economic model featuring a circular economy, renewable energy, and distinctive industries, is forming on the Plateau, signaling an increasing level of green development, the white paper said.
Green production has begun to take shape on the Plateau, it said, noting that provinces and autonomous regions on the Plateau are committed to an eco-friendly path to economic growth involving low and intensive utilization of resources.
The white paper pointed out that unique strengths of local agriculture and animal husbandry have become increasingly outstanding on the Plateau.
Since 2004, the state has invested more than 3 billion yuan in Tibet, directed to more than 450 projects in 10 categories related to agriculture and animal husbandry unique to the region, including highland barley, yak-breeding, and traditional Tibetan medicine.
More than 100 leading enterprises have emerged as a result, increasing the incomes of local farmers and herdsmen by 1.18 billion yuan and benefiting 1.75 million people.
Green energy also developed rapidly on the Plateau which is rich in hydro energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, and other green energies, said the white paper.
To monitor eco-environmental changes on the Plateau, China has set up a relatively complete monitoring and early-warning system, it noted.
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