HAIKOU, Nov 4th: The latest statistics from the State Forestry Administration shows that wetland in south China’s Hainan island covers 320,000 hectares. A book on China’s wetland resources, published on Sunday, said there are 242,000 hectares of natural wetland in Hainan while the other 78,000 hectares are artificial. Jiang Haisheng, chief editor of the book, said most of Hainan’s wetland are in the eastern and northern part of the island. The wetland in Hainan is important to the island’s eco-system as they can help with pollution degradation, climate regulation and preservation of the local biodiversity. Ecological restoration has grown in importance in China in recent years. According to the latest Five-Year Plan (2016-20) China will combine efforts in environmental protection and ecological restoration to ensure greener, more sustainable development, according to the country’s newly approved guideline for environmental protection. China exceeded its goal in environment protection for the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), with carbon intensity dropping by 20 percent, a major contribution to worldwide efforts against climate change. Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com
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