Relocation to support ‘ecological migrants’

According to the State Forestry Administration, areas affected by desertification and sandification account for nearly 20 percent of China’s territory.

Many people in the Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions, as well as Gansu and Qinghai provinces, had to leave their homes, which had become distressed by desertification, climate change, industrialization and human activities.

Based on the results in central and western areas of China, moving people out of their homes has helped to mitigate local environmental pressure and helped migrants to improve their lives. Mass resettlement projects for “ecological migrants” in China foresee not to force ethnic groups to abandon their traditional culture and way of living.

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