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Assessment Report of Tibetan Plateau Eco-environment Changes discussed at ITP

On July 27, 2013, a workshop was held at ITP to discuss and prepare for the Assessment Report of Tibetan Plateau Eco-environment Changes (ARTPEC). The workshop gathered multidisciplinary scientists from various institutions in China, including ITP, Chengdu Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth and China Tibetology Research Center.

The workshop first heard the report by Prof. XU Baiqing on some preliminary thoughts on the ARTPEC. Scientists at the workshop then offered some suggestions to improve the draft. Suggestion highlighted the need to enhance the scientific ground, and to include from the social perspective some adaptation measures.

According to Prof. YAO Tandong, the PI, the ARTPEC is one of three major tasks discussed by CAS President Prof. BAI Chunli and Mr. Baimachilin, Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region, as Tibetan innovation cluster program. In implementation, qualified scientist, within CAS or other institutions, will be chosen to see to the composition of each chapter. Serial reports regarding Tibetan eco-environmental issues will be produced, consisting of science report and advisory report. Once completed, those reports will provide strong scientific backup for Tibetan social and economic development and betterment of human wellbeing in the region.

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