BEIJING, June 21, 2019 -- Based on the result of the Third Rocky Desertification Control Investigation, China has made great progress on rocky desertification control. In Guizhou, the main measure to combat rocky desertification is forest plantation. During 2011 to 2016, the rocky desertification area has decreased by 18.31% (553.7 thousand hectares). Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) applauds the achievements Guizho has made on rocky desertification control.

In Chongqing, the rocky desertification area has decreased to 770 thousand hectares in 2016 from 895 thousand hectares in 2011, with the decrease rate of 13.6%. In Hunan Province, 15 National Rocky Desertification Parks have been established, the total number ranks the first in China.

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HOHHOT, June 18 -- The 25th commemorative conference in observance of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, International Symposium on Developing Talents and Advancing Science Technology for Combating Desertification was held during June 17-18, 2019 in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. About 400 representatives joined the symposium, sharing theory and practices of sustainable land use management, discussing about science and technology innovation and talent cultivation, and sharing experience on desertification control.

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BEIJING, June 5, Xinhua -- China has 39 global geological parks, accounting for 26.5 percent of the world's total, the People's Daily reported Wednesday.

A total of 213 national geological parks and 343 provincial-level ones have also been established around the country, said the paper, citing statistics from the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA).

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HANGZHOU, June 6, China daily -- A 15-member delegation from United Nations Environment Programme – also known as UNEP – visited Hangzhou, host city of the World Environment Day celebrations in 2019 in Zhejiang province on June 4.

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BEIJING, June 1, China daily -- China is now the biggest holder of world natural as well as cultural and natural heritage sites, with 17 sites in the country accounting for 6.8 percent of the global total.

Following Italy, China ranks second worldwide with 53 world heritage sites.

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