In this program, the National Remote Sensing Center has covered a land area of more than 56 million sq kilometers and more than 22 million sq kilometers in sea area. The report concludes that the China-Central Asia-West Asia economic corridor, in particular the arid environment corridor in China’s Xinjiang, Kazakhstan and Iran, is extremely fragile and water resource must be a top consideration when formulating economic and urbanization policies.

CAS news release, June 7, 2016