|Chinese scientists help Africans fend off sprawling desert|
English.news.cn 2011-11-09 16:56:26
The 10-hectare research base is part of an African aid project jointly sponsored by Gansu Desert Control Research Institute (GDCRI) and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of the
Chinese and Nigerian researchers at the base will carry out forestation experiments and desertification control cooperation, hoping to nurture shelterbelts and foster sand-related industries to restore local ecology and boost economic growth, said Liu.
Chinese scientists also plan to build a climate observation station in
The locations of the research base and observation station were chosen during the Chinese scientists' first field trip to
"We have also provided training to about 200 officials and technicians in
According to research findings by Liu and his colleagues, desertification has been deteriorating in
The same project is also being conducted in several other desert countries including
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, according to Liu.
Apart from desertification control,
According to statistics from the State Forestry Administration,