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306,000 Tibetans in 46 counties lose land to China’s reforestation projects



TibetanReview.net, Dec07, 2009

China said Dec 13 that it had turned 16,666 hectares of cultivated land in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) into forests and pastures, “benefiting” 306,000 rural residents in 46 counties. It was not explained, however, how the loss of one’s ancestral land and traditional means of livelihood actually benefited Tibetans.

The official Xinhuanet Dec 13 said the project was implemented over the period of early 2002 to Nov 2009, with Beijing having allocated 395 million yuan (57.85 million U.S. dollars) to TAR for the purpose.

The report said that thanks to the project the annual per capita income of farmers and herders increasing by 764 yuan. “Each household can receive an average subsidy of 4,448.8 yuan each year,” it said.

It was not stated, however, how the farmers and herders were now earning their living, apart from the subsidy.

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