official press --- Xinhua News
June 30, 2006
International Grassland and Rangeland Congress, the well-known
"Grassland Olympic", is scheduled to be held in China in 2008,
when the nation's capital will host the 29th International
The congress is to be held in Hohhot, capital of north China's
Inner Monogolia Autonomous Region, from June 29 to July 5, 2008.
Approximately about 3,000 grassland scientists all over the
world will convene in the city to discuss world grasslands'
multi-functionality, said Hong Fuzeng, head of the preparatory
committee of the 2008 congress, also former vice minister of
agriculture and honorary president of Chinese Grassland Society.
The International Grassland Congress (IGC) and the International
Rangeland Congress (IRC) are the two most influential academic
groups worldwide on grass study. The IGC and IRC usually held
congresses respectively every four years.
"But in 2008 the two groups will jointly hold the event in China
where the total grassland area ranks second in the world,"
Hong said the 2008 congress will touch on topics like protecting
and using natural grasslands in a sustainable way, grasslands'
ecological system and laws and regulations on grasslands.
Global scientists will also be arranged by the congress to visit
Inner Mongolia and Gansu Province in northwest China, and Yunnan
Province in southwest to have an overall view about grassland
conditions in the regions.
Chinese scientists intend to learn world's advanced grass
technology from the congress so as to optimize China's grass
industry, Hong said.
China boasts 400 million hectares of natural grasslands, or 41.7
percent of the country's total land space, the second largest in
the world following Australia.