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China loses 243 lakes in 50 years: Survey

Beijing, China: A total of 243 lakes covering more than one square kilometre each have disappeared in China over the past 50 years, reported a Chinese daily. The daily cited a survey conducted by the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology (NIGL), adding that bio-diversity has also been affected by the changes of the country’s lakes.
According to Yang Guishan, Director of NIGL; water capacity of the lakes in the Tibetan Plateau have fluctuated violently and lakes in southwestern Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau have witnessed decreasing water quality and bio-diversity, due to overfishing, disconnection between lakes and rivers, as well as invasive alien species.
Take the Dianchi Lake in Yunnan Province for example, scientists have found only 19 species of water plants according to the recent survey, while in the 1950s more than 100 water plants lived in the lake.In another recent report on protection and development of the Yangtze River, the number of the lakes in the river basin has also keep diminishing.
Ninety-six lakes covering over one square kilometre each along the Yangtze River Valley disappeared in the past 30 years, according to a report jointly issued by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), NIGL and China Development Bank.
The WWF hopes the report can offer suggestions and examples for the utilisation and protection of lakes and the Yangtze River as well as to increase public awareness of the need to protect the river and lakes, said WWF China CEO Jim Gradoville.
Source: China Daily