Bayingol’s wetland and wildlife populations increase

By Liao Yuan ( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2013-12-18

Bayingol’s wetland and wildlife populations increase

Wild birds play in a Bayingolin wetland. (Photo/Chinanews.com)

The Bayingolin Mongol autonomous prefecture in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has put considerable effort into its lake ecosystem project. It was able to restore 4,600 hectares of wetland within three years, resulting in a rapid increase in the lake’s wildlife populations.

Shen Huipan, director of the Bayingol environmental protection bureau, commented that the project has brought positive changes to Boston Lake. Its water quality and aquatic biodiversity has improved significantly. The water purification function of restored wetlands has been enhanced. A total of 90 percent of domestic and industrial wastewater has been treated and discharged to the lake according to certain standards, and a watershed management system is taking shape.

The rising bird population at these wetlands pulls in an increasing number of biologists and photographers during the birding event every June.

Shen added that the central and local governments have injected 380 million yuan ($62.6 million) into Bayingol’s 13 environmental projects, which include industrial pollution control and environmental monitoring.

A number of bioreserves, such as the Bayinbuluke National Nature Reserve, Altun Mountain National Nature Reserve and Xinjiang Kunlun Mountain Nature Reserve, have been set up in the region. The total area of these reserves has reached 124,600 square kilometers.

Bayingol is an autonomous prefecture in Xinjiang, bordering Gansu to the east, Qinghai to the southeast, and the Tibet autonomous region to the south. It is China’s largest prefecture-level division. When Bayingolin was first established in 1954, the majority of its population was Mongolian.

Edited by Michael Thai