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1-trillion-yuan bill for conservation

CHINA has spent nearly 1 trillion yuan (US$146 billion) on ecological conservation and environmental protection over the past decade, a senior official told an international seminar on ecological compensation yesterday.

More than 700 billion yuan went to projects to reforest cultivated land, return grazing land to protected grassland, protect natural forests and conserve river sources on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, according to Du Ying, vice director of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Another 200 billion yuan was used for pollution control in major river valleys and urban sewage treatment projects, Du said at the seminar in Shizuishan City, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

The seminar was jointly sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Asian Development Bank and the government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. More than 100 international delegates took part.


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