More red lines drawn to protect environment

Updated: Apr 28, 2023 By Li Hongyang chinadaily.com.cn Print
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A flock of Oriental white storks takes wing in the Honghe National Nature Reserve in Heilongjiang province. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

The Chinese central government has drawn red lines around 3.15 million square kilometers of land for conservation purposes, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The "red lines" refer to spatial boundaries that must be strictly observed in terms of protecting the environment and natural resources, and now enclose around 30 percent of the country's surface area.

Delineated aquatic areas amounting to 150,000 sq km are located mostly in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, along the Yellow and Yangtze rivers, the northeastern forest belt and the northern sand control belt.

Nature reserves cover about 1.8 million sq km and areas including those with extremely important environmental functions such as water conservation, biodiversity maintenance, soil and water conservation, wind protection and sand fixation, and coastal protection outside nature reserves, cover 850,000 sq km.

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