China: Protecting grassland biodiversity

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China boasts some 400 million hectares of grassland, accounting for 42% of China’s total land area, making it the second-largest terrestrial carbon sink after forests in the country.

Grasslands are distributed mainly in the temperate regions and the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Human activities and climate change have adversely impacted 90% of the country’s grassland areas, which support a range of ecological services. the livelihoods of millions of people and are key habitats for wildlife.

Professor Bai Yongfei, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, highlights why grasslands are a fundamental part of the entire earth’s terrestrial ecosystem and natural carbon dioxide “storage tanks”.

Source: CGTN Biz, June 8, 2023