China vows to improve city environment
( 2003-10-23 01:22) (Xinhua)
The Chinese government will institute an evaluation system for the natural
and living environments of its cities and towns, Wang Guangtao, Minister of
Construction said here Wednesday.
Wang said at a national habitat award ceremony that China would improve urban
habitats to realize a sustainable development.
Officials with the Ministry of Construction said the new system would be
designed to evaluate the conditions of natural and living environments including
water and gas supply, sewage and trash treatment, drainage system, city
greenbelt, biological diversity, heating system, energy, public transport and
cultural relics protection.
Due to the lack of environmental and infrastructure awareness, some Chinese
cities and towns were facing challenges both in terms of natural environment and
living standards despite the booming economy.
"We hope to harmonize the economic and social development in a sustainable
way," Wang said.