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Botanist proposes "green triangle" cross-border nature reserve
www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-02 23:35:35

    KUNMING, July 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Pei Shengji, a renowned botanist in China, proposed here on Saturday that China should co-work with its neighboring countries of Laos and Myanmar to establish a vast cross-border nature reserve dubbed the "green triangle."

    In a sharp contrast to the notorious drug-producing "golden triangle" in the region, the "green triangle" will help strengthen the protection of the largest rain forest in Asia today, said Pei.

    Pei, who works for Kunming Botanical Research Institute affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, first raised his proposal at a recent international symposium on bio-diversity initiated by the Forestry Department of Yunnan Province and British Fauna & Flora International.

    Currently in the border areas of China, Laos and Myanmar, thereare seven natural reserves covering a total area of 50,000 square kilometers, featuring extremely rich fauna and flora resources.

    The Province of Yunnan in southwest China, which borders Laos and Myanmar, boasts rich forest and wildlife resources, especiallyin areas like Xishuangbanna, Dawei Mountain, Watershed and Huanglian Mountain.

    "With the proposed "green triangle" nature reserve in place, wecan not only maintain the biological integrity of this region, butalso provide the wildlife with more habitats," said Pei. "Moreover, there will be more joint efforts between the three governments to address problems like poaching and forest fire."

    According to Pei, the time is now ripe for more international cooperation in bio-diversity protection. "The three countries shared similar cultures and are developing an increasingly active economic cooperation, and they have all signed the Global Bio-diversity Protection Protocol."

    Since the 1990s, China has been closely cooperating with its neighboring countries such as Nepal, Vietnam and Myanmar in environmental and ecological protection. Enditem     

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