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Aside from being the biggest contributor to global climate change, the CCP’s control over Tibet’s land and natural resources has also negatively affected the environment in Tibet. This includes industrial projects such as mining, damming and deforestation.
In recent years, China's exploitation of Tibet's natural resources has gathered pace significantly. Tibetans have no power to protect their own land and must watch the economic benefits of its resources flow out of their country.
The traditional Tibetan nomadic culture and lifestyle in particular, is under threat by China’s push to move them from their traditional grasslands to urban settlements. Their lands are often subsequently used to extract natural resources and disrupt traditional agricultural practices.
Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur for Food in 2010, observed that "while climate change is most probably the main driver of environmental changes [...], mining is another driver of land degradation in some areas."