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SHANGRI-LA, May 8, Xinhua -- Timber logging used to be the main economic source in Shangri-la before 1998. The local government has been taking efforts in the improvement of ecological environment in recent years. Currently the forest coverage rate in Shangri-la has risen to 76 percent, nearly four percentage point higher as compared with a decade ago.

thumb key program - 5.9 Diversified forest scenery of Shangri-La in SW Chinas Yunnan1

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SHANGHAI, May 6, Xinhua -- The following picture shows the scenery of Dongping National Forest Park in Shanghai, east China. 

thumb key program - 5.7 Scenery of Dongping National Forest Park in Shanghai

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CHENGDU, May 5, Xinhua -- Tibetan areas in southwest China's Sichuan Province have received substantial funds for environmental protection, local authorities said Thursday.

About 677 million yuan (100 million U.S. dollars) will be given to help protection projects, with more than 563 million yuan allocated to treat desertification in 20 counties and about 114 million yuan for irrigation in three other counties, according to the provincial forestry department.

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NANNING, May 5, Xinhua -- Four hydropower stations suspected of operating illegally in a nature reserve in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have been closed, local authorities said Thursday.

The four hydropower stations, suspected to have been built illegally in the Qianjiadong National Nature Reserve in the tourist city of Guilin, have stopped operations, according to the regional water resources department.

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LHASA, May 3, Xinhua -- The State Forestry Administration has agreed to provide financial and promotional support for four new wetland parks in Tibet.

Its approval of the parks in Chamdo City, Shannan Prefecture and Nagqu Prefecture brings the number of wetland parks with state backing in Tibet to 14, said Zhang Hucheng, deputy director of wildlife protection with the regional forestry department.

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