On June 16, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with New Zealander delegation headed by Lindsay Gow, Deputy Secretary of New Zealand Ministry for the Environment in Beijing. They exchanged their views on how to further carry out cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On behalf of MEP, Vice Minister Li welcomed the delegation lead by Lindsay Gow and introduced them on the environmental situation in China. Vice Minister Li said, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development have become a common understanding of international communities. The Chinese Government has always attached great importance to environmental protection and taken environmental protection as a basic national policy and achieving sustainable development as a basic strategy. It has taken a series of policy measures with evident achievements in environmental protection work and obvious improvement of environmental quality. Facing the grave challenges imposed by the international financial crisis, the Chinese Government takes the crisis as an important opportunity for industrial restructuring. It has taken environmental investment as an important area for expanding domestic demand and made more efforts in energy saving and emission reduction as well as environmental protection. Among 4 trillion Yuan RMB investment driving domestic demand, around 210 billion Yuan are for energy saving and emission reduction and ecological conservation. Although China historical average s always attached importance to environmental protection work, the situation of environmental protection in China is still grave. We need further enhance international cooperation, absorb advanced technologies and ideas of other countries so as to make contributions to global environmental protection.
He hoped more New Zealander businesses come to China with their state-of-art technologies and experience to drive the development of environmental industries of China.
Relevant heads of the Department of Pollution Prevention and Control, Department of Total Pollution Control and Department of Nature and Ecology Conservation briefly introduced the major work of their department respectively. Based on the situation of environmental protection of China and the requirement, they put forward their recommendations on potential cooperation in such fields as POPs, environmental control of small river basins, treatment of the pollution in rural and husbandry areas, monitoring & management of the invasion of alien species and soil pollution treatment.
Mr. Gow said, New Zealand has state-of-the-art concepts and management skill in environmental management and ecological conservation and attaches great importance to and is willing to carry out environmental cooperation with China. He hoped that the two sides carry out more cooperation in sewage treatment, solid waste disposal and soil pollution remedy and ecological conservation.
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