Tibet enacts law to protect wetlands

15:10, November 30, 2010      

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The Tibet Autonomous Region government has enacted regulation to protect local wetlands, the China News Service reported on Tuesday.

The regulation is the first to be adopted in Tibet to protect the so-called "lungs of the earth", and it will come into effect on March 1, 2011.

It stipulates that the government should build a natural reserve for waterfowl which are under special state protection, a special area for endangered animals and plants, and a wetland area which will benefit scientific research.

According to the regulation, activities such as collecting bird eggs or disposing of toxic sewage in wetland areas are illegal.

In 1992, China joined the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.

An official with the Tibet Autonomous Region Forestry Bureau said that the wetlands in the region cover about 6 million hectares - accounting for 4.9 percent of the Tibetan total area – and that protecting the local ecosystem is of vital importance.

Source:Global Times


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