Chinese county brings rare birds back to the wild, farmers out of poverty

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“Efforts to bring a rare bird back from the verge of extinction in northwest China has unintentionally given a rural community a new lease for life.

No hunting, no logging, no quarrying and no pesticide using – these might seem like stifling requirements for farmers trying to claw their way out of poverty. But the strict regulations, in place to save the endangered crested ibises, were in fact conducive to a change of fortunes for residents of Yangxian, a county in Hanzhong of Shaanxi Province.

The community, hidden in the Qingling-Bashan Mountains area, is a living proof that ecological restoration and economic prosperity don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

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