Li said this year marks International Year of Biodiversity. China pays high attention to it and the State Council established a National Committee for International Year of Biodiversity led by Vice Premier Li Keqiang. On May 18, Li Keqiang chaired the plenary meeting of the committee, making arrangement for biodiversity protection in the next phase and charting the course for our work. Local EPBs should study the gist of Premier Li's speech and identify the task and requirement of biodiversity protection. Local departments should take biodiversity protection as an important tool to transform economic development mode and build ecological civilization, improve their performance, promote ecological civilization and green development, seriously implement biodiversity protection, explore new areas and open up a new situation for biodiversity protection.
Li noted that we should follow the requirements put forward in the article by Minister Zhou Shengxian published at The People's Daily on May 22 while implementing the gist of the speech by Vice Premier Li Keqiang and promoting Strategy and Action Plan for Biodiversity Protection. Resource exploitation and biodiversity protection should be handled with care and protection of key zones of biodiversity should be put in the first place. We need to strengthen capacity building and expand international cooperation in scope and depth. Local authorities should incorporate biodiversity protection into their agenda, launch investigation on biological resources and prepare local strategy and action plan for biodiversity protection based on the investigation. Cross-section coordination mechanism should be established soon for biodiversity protection or protection of biological resources according to local conditions and the mechanism of judge and approval of provincial nature reserves should be further improved. Furthermore, we should advance protection of biological resources, strengthen supervision of nature reserves and improve management of biosafety in response to various activities marking International Year of Biodiversity so that protection of biodiversity will develop in depth.
Li noted, since the national work meeting on rural environmental protection and eco demonstration held in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province last December, local departments have been constantly deepened reward-based pollution control and strengthened eco demonstration work, leading to positive progress in rural environmental protection and demonstration of ecological development. Recently, the central leaders made important instructions on reward-based pollution control. Local environmental departments should fully implement the instructions and the gist of Ningbo meeting and orchestrate a large-scale demonstration of reward-based pollution control. The provinces on trial should ensure actual effect while non-trial provinces need to launch large-scale environmental improvement within their jurisdiction according to local reality in a bid to explore effective mode for widespread environmental improvement. Meanwhile, pilot work should be well prepared for target responsibility system for rural environmental improvement and experiment on pollution reduction from market towns in the countryside and large-scale livestock farming, so as to actively explore new ways to redress rural environment and promote national work on nature and ecology and rural environmental protection to a higher level.
Li added that this year was the last year in the 11th Five-Year Plan period. We should gave a full review of our experience in the work of nature, ecology and rural environmental protection in the stage, prepare National Plan for Protection of Nature, Ecology and Rural Environment in the 12th Five-Year Plan Period and identify key work areas and guarantee measures. Local departments should also make tailored plan for nature, ecology and rural environmental protection. In addition to comprehensive environmental improvement in rural area and protection of biodiversity, the next half of the year will also focus on three other areas. First, we will pay more attention to guidance and promotion of building eco demonstration zones including eco provinces, cities, counties, towns and villages and urge all provinces to launch the campaign as soon as possible and create a rational structure with different tiers. We will establish and improve indicator system for building ecological civilization and study policies to promote the drive. Second, we will continue national investigation of soil pollution, ensure the investigation tasks will be completed on time and make full use of time to prepare Plan for Protection of Soil Environment in the 12th Five-Year Plan. We need to step up legislation in soil protection and push on trial work on soil environmental monitoring. Third, we will strengthen protection of eco function zones and management of biosafety, enhance supervision of resource development and protection of river ecosystem. Effort will be continued to promote eco compensation mechanism.
Supervisors of all departments of MEP attended the meeting at the main venue in Beijing. Principals of EPBs at all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps., cities separately listed on state plan and sub-provincial cities attended the meeting at parallel sessions.
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