White Paper on Ecological Improvement and Environmental Protection in Tibet

The State Council Information Office published on March 10 a white paper entitled Ecological Improvement and Environmental Protection in Tibet. The document, divided into six sections, reviews the progress of ecological improvements and environmental protection work in Tibet; presenting the status quo of this undertaking and envisaging the prospects of sustainable development for the future.

China's Tibet Autonomous Region is situated on the main body of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. With high altitude, unique geographical features and rich wildlife, water and mineral resources, it has been called the "Roof of the World" and the "Third Pole of the Earth." It is not only the "source of rivers" and the "ecological source" for the areas in South and Southeast Asia, but is also the "starter" and "regulating area" of the climate of China and indeed of the Eastern Hemisphere as a whole.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to ecological improvement and environmental protection in Tibet. It has made tremendous efforts to strengthen ecological improvement and environmental protection work in Tibet, promote the sustainable development of its economy and society, and improve the quality of life of the people of its various ethnic groups. For over half a century, ecological improvement and environmental protection in Tibet, as an important part of the effort to modernize Tibet, has, together with economic development, social progress and enhancement of people's living standards, pressed forward and made great achievements. It would help clarify some people's misunderstanding concerning Tibet's eco-environmental problem and enhance their understanding of Tibet to review the progress of the ecological improvement and environmental protection work in Tibet, to present the status quo of this undertaking, and to envisage the prospects of sustainable development for the region.

I. Progress of the Ecological Improvement and Environmental Protection Work in Tibet

II. Ecological Improvement and Biodiversity Protection

III. Ecological Improvement and Environmental Protection amid Economic Development

IV.Building an Ecology-Friendly Railway Line---the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

V. The Strategic Choice for Sustainable Development