Australia, China to work together on depolluting Poyang Lake

Scientists from the two sides will endeavour to reduce pollution in the Poyang Lake.

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 21:49 PM IST

Beijing: Chinese and Australian
scientists are set to work together to reduce pollution in the
Poyang Lake, China`s largest freshwater lake, state media
reported.

The joint drive is being carried out under a
scientific cooperation program, Li Rongfang, president of the
Chinese institute was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Scientists from the two sides will endeavour to reduce
pollution in the Poyang Lake and recycle those nutrient
elements, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, Li said.

The program will last for three years with an
estimated investment of USD 1.2 million, he said, adding
related scientific studies have started last month.

The Poyang Lake, in east China`s Jiangxi Province,
covers 3,583 square km with an average water depth of 8.4
meters. It is fed by five rivers in Jiangxi and empties into
the lower reaches of the Yangtze, the country`s longest river.

Due to fast economic development in recent years, the
freshwater lake has faced the threat of industrial and
agricultural waste water pollution.

PTI