First dark sky reserve

China launched its first “dark sky reserve” for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari. The reserve covers an area of 2,500 sq.km and aims to limit light pollution by stepping up protection of dark-sky resources for education and tourism development, the China Daily reported. It was jointly launched by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation and the regional government of Tibet. Wang Wenyong, head of the legal affairs department with the foundation, said that the launch of the preserve is only the first step in protecting the area from light pollution.

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