China vows to curb environmental deterioration in Three Gorges project areas by 2020

08:07, May 19, 2011      

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The Chinese government has decided to take effective measures to curb environmental deterioration in the Three Gorges Project areas by 2020, according to a Cabinet meeting held Wednesday.

The government will properly handle the negative effects brought by the project to the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and improve the long-term mechanisms for geological disaster prevention, according to a statement released after an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

The government will also increase efforts to preserve the ecological environment and promote biological diversity in the areas impacted by the world's largest hydro-power complex, according to the statement.

The main body of the Three Gorges Dam, which is located in the town of Sandouping in central China's Hubei Province, was completed in May 2006 after 17 years of construction. The project generated more than 440 billion kwh of electricity by the end of 2010. It began operation in 2003.

The project has played a significant role in flood prevention, power generation, shipping and water resources use, the statement said. While at the same time, efforts were needed to address some problems concerning the well being of relocated residents, environmental protection, and geological disaster prevention -- all of which should be solved urgently.

The statement also pointed out the project's impact on shipping and irrigation and water supply in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
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Source: Xinhua
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