Tibetans in Tibet banned from access to their own nature reserve; Ford Sanger; Tibet Post International

China – Qinghai Hoh Xil

Dharamshala — Earlier this week, despite their pledge to the international community, Chinese officials restricted access to the Hoh Xil nature reserve in northeastern Tibet, near the Tibetan holy mountain Amnye Machen. The reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an important grazing area for Tibetan nomads and pastoralists. It, along with three adjacent reserves, Chang Tang and Altun Shan, represent a significant portion of traditional grazing areas for Tibetans.

For centuries Tibetan nomadic and pastoral peoples have maintained a close and spiritual relationship with the environment. From herding, to collecting plants for medicinal use, Tibetans have a long history of using the land in a responsible and sustainable manner. The Tibetans are one of the last groups of sustainable pastoralists in the world. In an attempt to justify its ban, Chinese officials stated that the Tibetan’s pastoral activities pose a significant environmental threat.

Read more

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s