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Published on : Friday, February 19, 2016
Eyeing to book a place in the international arena, China’s western Hol Xil nature reserve has applied for a UNESCO world natural heritage status, the reserve administration said Friday. The reserve is home to 70,000 Tibetan antelope.
“If the application is successful, it will improve Hol Xil’s reputation and enhance its capacity in wildlife protection,” Tsering Samdrup, head of the reserve administration’s publicity department, said.
The reserve will be the only site in China to apply for listing in 2017,
It covers 60,000 square kilometers in northwest China’s Qinghai Province at an altitude of over 4,500 meters and is home to endangered Tibetan antelopes, wild yaks and wild ass as well as 7,000 lakes.
China currently has 10 world natural heritage sites.
The UNESCO committee will inspect the reserve in September with findings expected to be released in the summer of 2017 at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, he said.