Xie Zhenhua, director-general of State Environmental Protection Agency, last week published blueprint for implementing the strategy of nation's sustainable development in next ten years.
The blueprint is summarized as remarkably enhancing the sustainable development capability, gradually rationalizing the exploitation of land resources, distinctly improving the quality of ecological environment, stabilizing the low birth rate and basically building up a national economic system based on resources saving and environmental amiableness and a just, democratic, civilized and harmonious society.
Mr. Xie Zhenhua noted at the seminar on global fund and environmental protection in China that, since the 1980s, China has formulated a series of policies, laws and regulations on environmental protection, and carried out a batch of major projects for the treatment of environmental pollution and construction of ecosystem. Furthermore, the over-increasing momentum of population has been brought under control, and the per-capita GDP recourses consumption and pollutants discharge decreased. China has delved out a way for sustainable development.
According to Mr. Xie's introduction, the environmental quality of some areas and cities has shown an improvement in somewhat way. From 1998 to 2002, the investment in environmental protection and ecosystem construction amounted to RMB 580 billion, making up over 1.29 percent of the GDP of the same period. And more than 10,000 applications for projects were turned down in view of environmental protection.
Meanwhile, Mr. Xie came to realize that today, when China is at a stage of industrialization and urbanization, the relatively low overall quality of national economy, the weak comprehensive national strength and international competitiveness constitute a heavy pressure on resources and environment. China's environmental situation remains severe with the total pollutants discharge volume far exceeding the environment's endurance, and the deterioration of ecological environment has not been radically altered.