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Green fund for villages

A FUND of 1 billion yuan (US$146 million) is being distributed among 1,370 villages in China to remedy environmental problems and reward good practices, the Ministry of Environment Protection said yesterday.

The ministry expected the fund to benefit 9 million villagers, said Wang Zhenyu, an official with the ministry.

About 920 million yuan of the fund will be spent reducing pollution in 1,200 villages, 70 percent of which are located in heavily polluted river valleys in less developed regions, Wang said.

For example, the ministry will provide money for villages near the Dahuofang Reservoir in Liaoning Province to build waste disposal and sewage treatment facilities.

Another program in Suzhou, Anhui Province, will provide safe drinking water for 90,000 residents living along the polluted Kuisui River. The money will be used for building sewage treatment, waste disposal and toilet facilities.

Another 80 million yuan will be granted to about 170 villages which have already made outstanding contributions in reducing pollution and protecting the environment.
The ministry expected to attract another 1.5 billion yuan in program investment from local governments and other parties, Wang said.


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