Tibet compensates 960 million yuan for losses caused by wildlife

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has paid 960 million yuan (about $149 million) to local residents for losses caused by wildlife over the past 15 years, local authorities said.

The region started in 2006 compensating farmers and herders for their losses caused by wild animals, according to the regional department of ecology and environment.

Tibetan farmers seen growing highland barley. /CFP

Tibetan farmers seen growing highland barley. /CFP

Benefiting from the measure, farmers and herders are more willing to be engaged in ecological protection and the number of wild animals has been growing, the department said.

The autonomous region has 11 national nature reserves, four national scenic spots, three national geological parks, nine national forest parks and 22 national wetland parks. Protected natural areas make up almost 40 percent of the region's land area.

A wild yak. /VCG

A wild yak. /VCG

Typical wild animal species in the region include wild yaks, Tibetan antelopes, and Tibetan wild asses. 

(Cover picture: Tibetan antelopes, a species under first-class state protection in China. /VCG)

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Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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