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With an area of about 13,900 square kilometers, Kubuqi Desert that stretches across Hanggin Banner, Dalad Banner and Jungar Banner of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, is hailed as the 7th largest desert in China. The Hanggin Banner located in the hinterland of Kubuqi Desert, once the well-known poverty-stricken county, has finally achieved its goal of “people shaking off poverty and the Banner picking off the cap of poverty”, and officially exited from the list of poverty-stricken counties at the autonomous region level.

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Ecological greening of Elion Seven Star Lake Hotel in the evening

Rooted in Kubuqi Desert for 29 years, Elion Resources Group has explored a new path that closely integrates ecological desertification control and targeted poverty alleviation, based on “the support of government policy, industrial investment of the enterprise, the market participation of farmers and herdsmen, and the continuous ecological improvement”. In the past 3 years, the company has directly lifted 36,000 people out of poverty, and led 100,000 people in the sand area to shake off poverty. The average annual income of the poor people has increased from less than 400 yuan to the current 14,000 yuan. The enterprise has created an ecological wealth worthy of 463.4 billion yuan and transformed the Kubuqi Desert from a “sea of death” into an “economic oasis” that is prosperous and civilized.

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Permanent venue of Kubuqi Desert International Forum

After the Beginning of Summer, Kubuqi Desert is covered by exuberant trees and grasses, full of vitality. Kubuqi International Desert Forum is the only major international forum dedicated to promoting desertification control and the development of a green economy in the world. Since its establishment in 2007, it has held the forum every two years and has been successfully for five consecutive years. (Forestry.gov.cn - Inner Mongolia Morning News)

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Zhang Wangxi planting Salix mongolica by washing it with water

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