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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

China to tackle soil erosion

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- China has planned to tackle soil erosion of 100,000 square km in 2006, as the country reinforces endeavors to reverse the ecological deterioration.

to statistics with the Ministry of Water Resources, China has carried out many comprehensive projects to tackle soil erosion of 540,000 square km in the past five years. The ecology of the areas along the major rivers has improved greatly.

developers for water conservation and energy projects injected 60 billion yuan (986 million U.S. dollars) on soil erosion treatment over the past five years. Meanwhile, the country has attached great importance to water conservation on new road and railway projects.

the country is still facing a severe situation of new soil erosion. China saw 1.6 billion tons of soil lost in 2004, which equals one-centimeter-thick earth surface on 125,000-square-km land, according to the ministry.

country's total soil erosion land has amounted to 3.6 million square km, accounting for 37 percent of the country's territory

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