人民网人民网首页
Weather【Joburg Sunny 9℃-21℃】 【Cape Town Sunny 15℃-28℃】 【Durban Sunny 16℃-21℃】
Exchange Rate【1 CNY = 2.09832 ZAR】 【1 USD = 6.60193 CNY】 【1 USD = 13.8527 ZAR】

Greening desert, Beautiful China - World Day to Combat Desertification Special

(People's Daily Online)  ??  2014-06-20 14:22

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed worldwide on June 17 every year. The theme of this year's WDCD is ecosystem-based adaptation.
In China, desertification areas accounted for 27 percent of the total land. And desertification has caused direct economic losses over 120 billion yuan each year. Therefore the slogan of WDCD in China this year is “Greening deserts, Beautiful China”
With the slogan “Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It”, the 2014 WDCD highlights the benefits of mainstreaming sustainable land management policies and practices into our collective response to climate change.
Sustainable land management increases both community and ecosystem resilience while improving the human condition particularly in the dry lands.


After years of fenced grazing and ecological management, the ecological environment of Otindag Sandland in Inner Mongolia is gradually improved and restored. File photo was taken in October 2006.


With efforts made in these years to turn farmland to forest in its surrounding areas, the Hongjiannao wetland sees better environment and the natural forest are well persevered. File photo was taken on July 7, 2005.


Shepherds drive their flocks walking nearby windbreaks in Qinghai province. File photo was taken on Sept. 11, 2013.


Two children play games on the edge of grass squares in Mu Us sandy land in Ningxia. The photo was taken on April 18, 2009.


The photo taken in in August 2009 shows the wetlands in forest in Daxinganling. (Xinhua/Li Xin)


Two people plant rose willows in an industrial zone in the desert of Qinghai on May 20, 2014. (Xinhua/ Zhang Hongxiang)


The afforestation project of Nanshan Mountain in Lhasa is launched in 2012. More than 100,000 trees will be planted by the end of 2014, covering an area of 27 hectares. (Photo/ Jue Guo)


Green plants are planted for desertification prevention in front of Dunhuang relics in Gansu province on Sept. 5, 2013. (Xinhua/ Qi Heng)