Beijing ranks fifth most environmentally competitive region in China

16:49, February 12, 2011      

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Last year, Beijing climbed to the top five on a national list that ranks China's provinces, municipalities and regions on environmental competitiveness.

The publisher Social Science Academic Press carried out the evaluation by using an index system and mathematical model specifically fitting China. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are exempted candidate regions.

The "Report on China's Provincial Environment Competitiveness Development" used an evaluation system that examined five indexes: ecological environment, resource environment, environmental management, environmental impact and environmental harmony.

Shandong tops the list, while Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian the four coastal provinces also made the top 10.

The green paper shows that Beijing's ecological environment competitiveness and environmental impact competitiveness were on the rise.

However its environmental management ranked 16th, and environmental harmony ranked only 22nd, which strongly weakened the overall competitiveness of Beijing.

The category of environmental harmony has two aspects. One is the harmony between human development and environment protection. The other is the economic-environment factor, testing the efforts to keep green during rapid economic growth and measuring the effectiveness of the damage control.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online


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