SHAAXI, June 14 -- The 24th Congress to commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification was held in Yulin, Shaanxi Province. Zhang Jianlong, Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China attended the conference and made a speech.

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He said that in order to promote desertification prevention and control, accelerate the coordinated development of increasing green and income in sandy areas, and facilitate benign interaction between sand control and poverty control, it is necessary to conscientiously carry out the concept "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets", adhere to the policy of giving priority to protection, scientific restoration and appropriate utilization, and strengthen measures by protecting the vegetation in sandy areas, insist on scientific sand control, develop characteristic sand industries, enhance communication and guidance, and deepen international cooperation

At the conference, a Framework Agreement on Strategic Cooperation to Jointly Promote Desertification Control was signed between National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China and China Development Bank.

By Xin Shuyu

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