Landmark decision

Published: Saturday 31 July 2004

The Asian Development Bank (adb), the Chinese government and the Global Environment Facility (gef) will join forces to fight China's land degradation problems. With more than 40 per cent of its land area increasingly affected by wind erosion, salinity and desertification, China faces some of the world's most serious land degradation problems.

The project, worth us $13.8 million, will operate in six priority provinces and autonomous regions of western China. The area supports a population of more than 285 million, including many of the country's poorest. The project is expected to boost institutional capacities and improve the quality of the policy and planning mechanisms.

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