Oct. 17, 2017 -- As the source of China’s three major rivers - the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Lancang River, Sanjiangyuan region is praised as “the water tower of China”. In recent years, efforts have been strengthened to protect the ecosystem in the region.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Qinghai Province has issued a series of policies to prohibit developing polluting industries in the region. “Ecological protection in Sanjiangyuan has been strengthened and we have achieved initial success,” said Li Xiaonan, deputy director of the Development and Reform Commission of Qinghai province and head of Sanjiangyuan National Park Administration.
According to the latest statistics, the desertification area has reduced by 500 square kilometers while the wetland area has expanded by 50 percent compared with that in 2004.
To accelerate the grassland restoration, herdsmen have made their share of contribution. Instead of overgrazing, some have chosen to open restaurants for tourists, and some are hired as ecological protectors with a monthly income of 1,800 yuan.
By: Shi Dongdong