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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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Rocky desertification control in Youyang, Chongqing (before and after measures taken).

By the end of 2016, the total area of rocky desertification land in karst area was 10.07 million hectares, accounting for 22.3% of the karst area and 9.4% of the territorial area in China, including Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan. Guizhou accounts for the biggest rocky desertification area in China, followed by Yunnan, Guangxi and Hunan Province.

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Rocky Desertification Area in China (ha)

By Xin Shuyu

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