Black-beaded gulls rest at Lake Manasarova on May 10, 2018. (Photo by Ma Chi/chinadaily.com.cn)
The efforts have paid off as residents have more impetus to protect the natural environment in the wetland.
"We no longer litter the pasture with garbage when grazing livestock and drive away wild animals," said Ukin, a villager in Shongpa. "More and more water birds rest at the lake," he said.
"As every piece of grass and tree is protected, the natural environment in the wetland area has improved, drawing an increasing number of visitors and bringing more incomes to villagers," said Pema Gyalpo, former head of the Party branch of Shongpa.
In July 2017, Lake Manasarova Wetland was upgraded to a national-level wetland preserve, and more efforts are expected to maintain the pristine environment of the "holy lake".
"We will enhance the self-sustaining ability of the preserve and build a scientific and efficient management system with the view to building the Lake Manasarova Wetland into a beautiful international wetland park," said Tsewang Tengyal.