The Chinese government announced a large-scale scientific survey on the Tibetan Plateau, to be conducted this summer to examine the potential of establishing it as a nature reserve. With an area of 2.5 million km², the so-called “Third Pole National Park” would be 250 times bigger than Yellowstone National Park (US) and the largest in the world. Chinese Academy of Sciences’ (CAS) vice-president Liu Weiping said the impetus to protect the entire Tibetan plateau came directly from Xi Jinping who previously called it “the last piece of pure land”. It is also the region where all major Chinese rivers have their sources. However, such an operation faces significant challenges not only due to its enormous size and the partly inaccessible terrain. More importantly, the designated area is home to around 7.8 million people, whose economic activities would be strongly affected by the act of nature conservation and protection.
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