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MEP and NDRC hold a video conference on implementing the guidance on ecological conservation red lines

MEP and NDRC held a video conference in Beijing on Tuesday to convey the guidelines of the important instructions of Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and make mobilizations and arrangements for implementing Some Opinions on Delineating and Strictly Observing the Ecological Conservation Red Lines (hereinafter referred to as the Opinions).

MEP Minister Li Ganjie and NDRC Vice Chairperson Hu Zucai spoke at the conference. Li stressed that to delineate and strictly observe the ecological conservation red lines is a major decision of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, and it is imperative to enhance the “four awareness”, and reflect such awareness in the practices of delineating and observing the red lines.

Li noted that we should widely spread the concept of ecological conservation red lines, work to shape green development patterns and lifestyles, maintain the ecosystem health and stability, and improve the capacity for supply of eco-products. We should consider the red lines as the bottom line and lifeline for safeguarding national ecological security, preserve the key ecological space to the greatest extent, curb ecosystem degradation, improve the ecological environment, and maintain ecological security. We should take the red lines as the bedrock of the national geographical spaces and work to develop science-based and reasonable ecological space, agricultural space, and urban space. We should not tolerate any behaviors to cross the red lines, protect the lines with the toughest institutions, and make sure the ecosystem functions will not degrade, the conservation areas will not shrink, and the preservation purpose will not change.

Li stressed that the Opinions is a top-down blueprint for the ecological conservation red lines, in accordance with which we should draw red lines, connect them into a map, and establish a regulatory system. We should encircle the forests, grasslands, wetlands, and marine with the red lines in order to preserve their key ecosystem functions, make the area-wide and land-sea red lines complementary, and set up a regulatory framework that includes the monitoring and early warning, evaluation and assessment, daily regulation, compliance inspection, eco-compensation and reward, and accountability and punishment measures.

Since the Opinions was released, the local areas and relevant departments have taken swift actions and made positive progress, said Li. However, we’ve also encountered pressing problems in delineating the red lines because this effort is very demanding and has high technical elements. He urged the local areas to carry out awareness raising and training activities and enhance the collaboration among the upper and lower levels, between the environmental protection and reform and development departments, and across the administrative boundaries. Also, he required developing guidelines, assessment measures, and eco-compensation policies and offering technical guidance to support the red line work.

In his remarks, Hu noted that we should be deeply aware that to delineate and strictly observe the ecological conservation red lines is one of the vital pathways to address the pressing ecological problems and promote the ecological progress and a major move to implement the new development concepts and promote green development. He required that we should conduct delicate evaluation based on the environment and resource carrying capacity and the assessment of the suitability for developing geographical space, in order to raise the scientific elements of the delineation. We should give priority to delineating the ecological conservation red lines while making plans for geographical spaces, so as to highlight the red lines as a bottom line for development of various spaces. Moreover, we should strictly observe the ecological conservation red lines, as part of the efforts to implement the plans for geographical spaces. Hu also stressed the inter-ministerial collaboration in this area.

The video conference was moderated by Vice Minister Huang Runqiu. Deputy Administrator of Forestry Liu Dongsheng, Deputy Administrator of Meteorology Jiao Meiyan, Deputy Administrator of Oceanology Sun Shuxian, and Deputy Administrator of Surveying, Mapping, and Geoinformation Li Weisen put forward specific requirements for the implementation of the Opinions.

Members of the Inter-ministerial Coordination Leading Group for Ecological Conservation Red Lines, members of the Expert Panel on Ecological Conservation Red Lines, and the heads of relevant departments of MEP and NDRC attended the conference at the main venue.

The heads or relevant persons-in-charge of the environmental protection, development and reform, finance, land resources, housing and urban-rural development, water resources, agricultural, forestry, meteorological, surveying and mapping departments of the provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities, as well as Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps; and the marine departments of coastal provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities attended the conference at respective branch venues.

 

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