China spends $158m on major riverheads

January 23rd, 2012 - 3:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Jan 23 (IANS) China injected one billion yuan (158 million) last year to protect the headwaters of three major rivers.

The money was spent on afforestation projects and recovery of degraded grasslands, Li Xiaonan, vice director of the Qinghai Sanjiangyuan Office, told Xinhua.

Sanjiangyuan, with an area of 150,000 sq km, is the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers.

Lancang is also known as the Mekong, which originates from China and flows through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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