Beijing: China plans to control sandstorms and prevent environmental degradation in Beijing and Tianjin cities in the coming decade, authorities said.
A meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao discussed and passed the second-stage work plan for the Beijing-Tianjin Sandstorm Control Program (2013-22), reported China Daily citing a State Council statement.
The statement said Shaanxi will be included in the programme in 2013, as it is a source of sandstorms for the two metropolises.
Sandstorm-control work will also be expanded from 75 counties in five regions to 138 counties in six regions.
The government has focused on growing trees on barren mountains and stopped converting cultivated land to forests or grassland in 2007, said Wu Lijun, an official.