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  1. New policies to ease pain of land loss

    Posted Nov 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... subsidies to farmers who were unable to maintain their living standards because of the lax enforcement of existing compensation packages, the Ministry of Land and Resources said. Local authorities ... had been using a range of excuses to get around the rule, a ministry official told Xinhua. Local governments often confiscated farm land at minimum cost and leased it out for industrial ...

  2. Heavy fines on cowboys who trigger disasters

    Posted Feb 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... unauthorised drilling, digging or building of illegal structures will face a maximum fine of 500,000 yuan, the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources says. The fine, to take effect on Monday, is part of the ministry's crackdown on illegal construction and geological works, announced yesterday. Vice-Minister Shou Jiahua said the exploitation of natural resources had strained the country's already ...

  3. Straw houses bale out builders looking for cheap resources

    Posted Oct 30th 2004, 12:00am by Mike Raath

    ... used building material and rural land usually the most convenient source of clay, swathes of farmland are being destroyed. In 1999, the central government decided to curb clay brick production. ... of next year. Premier Wen Jiabao recently ordered a further crackdown on the illegal use of farmland to stop encroachment on agricultural land. The usual alternatives to clay bricks are concrete ...

  4. New rule on sale aimed at nation's farmland reserve

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li Local governments are banned from selling farmland for development until they have replaced it with another arable land of equivalent size, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources. Starting next year, city and county authorities are required to replenish the same amount of land before allocating farmland for other purposes, according to the ministry's website. ...

  5. Millions of hectares of farmland and 12m tonnes of grain contaminated

    Posted Feb 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... to feed more than 40 million people, hit 20 billion yuan (HK$23.66 billion) a year, it said, citing 2007 statistics from the Ministry of Land and Resources. The then land minister, Sun Wensheng, ... Economic Weekly said metal poisoning problems had wrought havoc in resource-rich southern and southwestern provinces, such as Yunnan, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi, and claimed an extremely high ...

  6. Underground water quality declining fast

    Posted Nov 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan About 70 million people in China rely on underground water which is not up to government hygiene standards and half of urban underground water resources are polluted, according to a Ministry of Land and Natural Resources report. The report blamed the problem on 'unreasonable exploitation' which was most acute in northern and western provinces. According ...

  7. Soil erosion affects 37pc of mainland, three-year survey finds

    Posted Jan 30th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... was bureaucratic bickering. At least four government bodies- the ministries of water resources, agriculture and land resources and the State Forestry Administration- were involved in tackling soil erosion. ... in the world, state media has reported. Quoting a vice-minister of water resources and a recent survey, Xinhua said yesterday that the devastating impact of soil erosion on the country's social ...

  8. Beijing's water plan doesn't go far enough, critics say

    Posted Feb 21st 2011, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... of urban wastewater. This year it will also work with the ministry on a policy study of urban stormwater management and disaster prevention. The studies support water resource management, flood ... the traditional engineering approach to a more holistic and resources-oriented one in managing its water resources. ADB supports the Chinese government's emphasis on water conservation reform ...

  9. Alarming rate of soil erosion puts grain security, ecosystem at risk

    Posted Nov 26th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li The Ministry of Water Resources and two central government think-tanks have sounded the alarm over the country's worsening soil erosion, saying the problem could threaten efforts at grain self-reliance and endanger the ecosystem. The joint report- made public last week by the ministry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering- found ...

  10. Parched land

    Posted Aug 08th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... much more efficiently. Two years ago, the Bureau of Hydrology and Water Resources in Hebei province, a major source of water for both Beijing and Tianjin, issued a similarly stark warning. ...




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