Planting program helps save China's corals

Updated: 2016-06-20 08:01

By Peng Yining(China Daily)

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He said that more than 95 percent of the islands and reefs in the sea are composed of corals that have been damaged by "global warming and excessive fishing".

Protection investment rises

In 2009, as part of China's increased investment in the eco-recovery program, the Ministry of Science and Technology invested 19 million yuan in a research program to examine the reproduction and recovery of biological resources in the ocean.

Meanwhile, in 2014, Sansha provided 10 million yuan in the first batch of investment aimed at helping fishermen start new businesses.

In addition to official organizations, NGOs, including China Biodiversity Conservation and the Green Development Foundation, are also participating in the conservation work.

In April, representatives of the foundation visited Xisha to sign agreements to cooperate with the local branch of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, and co-founded a coral protection base.

"The natural scenery of the South China Sea is even more beautiful than that in the Maldives and Phuket (in Thailand). We should protect it," said Chen Peng, an island planning and protection expert at the State Oceanic Administration.

Having conducted research on more than 20 islands in the South China Sea, Chen Peng said the area has rich tourism resources, such as stunning tropical views and a rich history and cultural heritage.

"But environmental protection is more important than exploitation," he said. "More financial support and public attention are urgently needed."

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