China sees steady growth in nature reserves
February 22,2017 By:chinahumanrights.org
Feb. 22, 2017 -- Red-crowned cranes are to soar to great high in Zhangye National Wetland Park, Gansu Province. (Photo/Chen Li)
Feb. 22, 2017 -- China’s nature reserves cover 1.42 million square kilometers of land, 14.8 percent of the country's land territory.
Nature reserves in China, as one of the largest reserve systems in the world, are well developed under current social and economic circumstances, said Cheng Lifeng, an official with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) at a regular news conference on February 20, 2017.
The development of nature reserves in China now focuses more on quality than size and speed, said Cheng.
As for the improper division made in the past, some adjustment will be made according to the Provisions on the regulation and administration of National Nature Reserves published by the State Council in 2013. The Provisions strictly regulates the adjustment and administration of Nature reserves within a reasonable range, making sure that any adjustment is decided scientifically.
Building a national park system is important for the construction of ecological civilization in China, said Cheng.
The Central Committee of CPC and the State Council have made an overall arrangement on building a national park system. Altogether 13 ministries and related local governments have formed a leading group to build a national park system. Pilot national parks will be built in 12 provinces including Qinghai, Hubei, Fujian, Zhejiang, Hunan, Beijing, Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Jilin and Heilongjiang.