BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China is suffering
severe soil erosion in "the central route" project of the northbound water
diversion project, the northeastern part, the northwestern three-river
headwaters and the upper reaches of the Yangtze River,according to the Ministry
of Water Resources Tuesday.
In the Danjiangkou Reservoir area, located in the
headwaters of the south-to-north water diversion project, soil erosion spreads
to an area of 39,500 sq km, accounting for 41.5 percent of the area's territory.
In China's northeastern black soil region, 275,900 sq
km of land suffers from water, wind and ice erosion, or the area's 26.8 percent.
The three-river headwaters area in the interior
northwestern Qinghai Province also has 95,000 sq km of land in soil erosion,
or31.1 percent of the area's total territory.
"All the three areas are critical to China's water
conservancy," said E Jingping, vice minister of water resources. "The
Danjiangkou Reservoir has been playing a crucial part in providing Beijing and
Tianjin's safe potable water. Northeast China is a major 'bread basket' and the
three-river headwaters area is described as 'China's water tank'."
During the 11th "Five-Year Plan" period (2006-2010),
the priority of the ministry will be given to water conservation to ensure the
sustainable use of water, said the vice minister. Enditem