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Upgrading Yangtze River protection proposed as a national strategy

By Liu Kun and Yu Yawei (chinadaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2016-03-08 21:08:02


At the fourth session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, Hubei and Shanghai CPPCC National Committee members are to make a joint proposal suggesting upgrading Yangtze River Water Environmental Protection as a national strategy. The most stringent measures are raised to protect the Yangtze River and some relevant laws and regulations should be made as soon as possible. Also, environmental protection of water should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan.

Reasonable adjustments should be arranged on construction and industrial layout of all functional areas. Delimiting the red line of ecological protection and strengthening supervision on the water environment and water quality should be implemented with the purpose of halting and reversing the deteriorating trend of water environment in the Yangtze River.

Treatment of water pollution in the Yangtze River need to be tackled in a comprehensive way.

The Yangtze River is about 6,300 kilometers long, flows through 11 provinces and cities. The total economic output and population in the basin has the largest proportion in China. The Yangtze is like a worthy mother for Chinese nations.

According to data from the Yangtze Water Resources Commission, water pollution in some local urban section is more serious. Eutrophication problems have not been fundamentally curbed and the prospect of water source security is not cheerful. The water environment in the Yangtze River basin is becoming worse and many rare species are becoming fewer or are already extinct.