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|Grassland ecology to curb sandstorms
TIANJIN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- China's efforts to
improve grassland ecology for the purpose of curbing sandstorms affecting the
national capital Beijing and port city of Tianjin have paid off in the past six
years, according to government sources.
A total of 7.6 million hectares of grasslands that
are deteriorating ecologically have been harnessed and protected over the past
six years under a program to halt grassland deterioration so as to prevent and
control sandstorms plaguing Beijing and Tianjin from the sources, said Zong
Jinyao, an official in charge of grassland monitoring with the Ministry of
Grasslands take the lion's share of the vegetation in
areas around Beijing and Tianjin, and the occurrence of sandstorms has much to
do with the deteriorating grassland ecology and desertification of these areas.
The efforts to prevent grassland degeneration include
growing more grasses, reserving grasslands for bearing seeds and rearing
livestocks in pens, the official said.
Thanks to the implementation of the project, the
sandy areas in the project have been reduced by 155,000 hectares in the past six
years, Zong added.
By the end of last year, the grass output of the
projected areas rose by 30 percent to 50 percent on average and the vegetation
coverage rate by five to 15 percentages points.
Currently, China has 400 million hectares of
grasslands, 180 million hectares of which are degenerating.