Tea plantations in Fujian threaten natural ecology. Image: xinhuanet.com
China will set up several national ecological experimental zones to carry out reforms in the “ecological civilisation” in a bid to improve the environment damaged by fast-paced development in the past three decades.
The guideline, issued by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Cabinet aimed at carrying out reforms on “ecological civilisation system,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported on August 23.
According to targets set in the guideline, major progress shall be achieved by 2017 and fully-fledged ecological civilisation systems shall be established by 2020, with best practices replicable across the country.
Main experiments will include establishing a natural resource property rights system, compiling natural resource balance sheet, optimising land and spaceplanning, and incorporating ecological performance into officials’ evaluation.
Fujian,Jiangxi and Guizhou provinces, which have “relatively optimal ecological foundation, and relatively strong environmental and resource capacity,” were selected as the first batch of experimental zones.