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​Lhasa takes multiple measures to keep skies blue and waters clear
By:China Tibet News
update:February 24,2021
Feb.24,2021 -- Since the construction of regional-level ecological villages and towns was fully launched in 2012, Lhasa City, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, has given full play to its leading role and become the city with the highest proportion of ecological creation names in the whole region. According to the principal of Lhasa Ecology and Environment Bureau, by the end of 2020, 251 administrative villages of Lhasa City had been successfully established as regional-level ecological villages, with the establishment rate of 95.4%, and 64 towns had been established as regional-level ecological towns, with the establishment rate was 100%. Four counties (districts), including Maizhokunggar County, Damxung County, Chengguan District and Doilungdeqen District, had been listed as regional-level ecological counties, and Damxung County had been successfully built into a national-level demonstration county for ecological civilization.
 
Dagdong Village, 18 kilometers away from downtown Lhasa, is one of the most well-preserved ancient villages in Tibet. Since 2016, Liuwu New District has taken the rural revitalization strategy featuring "thriving businesses, an eco-friendly environment, social etiquette and civility, effective governance, and prosperous rural population" as the goal, and taken measures based on local conditions for four administrative villages. In particular, Dagdong Village, relying on poverty alleviation and the development of Pure Land health industry, has greatly improved the working and living conditions of local people through measures such as improving water and toilets, supplying water and power, renovating old houses, upgrading roads, renovating tunnels, and improving greening. The village environment has taken on a new look.
 
In recent years, Lhasa has invested a lot of manpower, material and financial resources to carry out many afforestation projects. Through citizen involvement, we have created a social atmosphere of planting, loving, protecting and revitalizing green. While improving the coverage rate of urban and rural greening, the concepts of "clear waters and green mountains are invaluable assets" and "ecological environmental protection is to benefit future generations" have been imperceptibly rooted in people's minds.
 
"Recently, the park construction and urban greening upgrading projects have been completed. The lights are bright at night, and the whole Liuwu New District gives me the feeling of living in the forest," said Mr. Ma, a citizen who was taking a walk at South Mountain Park.
 
Since 2012, Lhasa City has launched South Mountain afforestation project, and started planting various kinds of seedlings, turning the barren mountain into a lush beautiful park. Today, the new vegetation can reduce sediment loss by 4,000 tons annually, effectively reducing soil erosion, improving the ecological environment and providing a good place for citizens to relax.
 
With the rapid economic development of Lhasa City, sewage discharge is also increasing. In recent years, Liuwu New District has continued to attach great importance to urban sewage and garbage disposal. At present, all domestic garbage of Lhasa City is removed to designated garbage disposal points. With an investment of nearly 20 million yuan RMB, Liuwu New District has also built a sewage treatment plant.
 
At the same time, Liuwu New District actively carried out comprehensive environmental improvement of Lhasa River, arranging river rangers to carry out a major clean-up of floating materials on the river surface, garbage along the river banks, the surrounding water system of Lhasa and flood control channels along the mountain. In order to solve the sewage treatment needs in the long run, Liuwu New District has invested more than 3,500 million yuan to carry out the construction work of sewage treatment plant and supporting main pipeline project, with the long-term processing scale of 75,000 cubic meters per day and near-term processing scale of 40,000 cubic meters per day. The construction and continuous improvement of sewage treatment facilities have effectively reduced water pollution and truly achieved the goal of keeping skies blue and waters clear.
 
By:Liu Fang, Zhu Shan, Tenzin Sydron
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