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Chinese president Jiang Zemin stresses importance of wetlands

01-Mar-2002

President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China called for an increased nation-wide effort to promote the harmonious development of China's population, resources and environment at a nationa...
President Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China called for an increased nation-wide effort to promote the harmonious development of China's population, resources and environment at a national meeting held in Beijing on 10 March 2002. He pointed out that the environmental protection was the basis of realized social and economic sustainable development, therefore, a nation-wide and action-oriented plan of environmental protection should be formulated with properly identified emphases. President Jiang said that the environment in China's western areas, especially in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and Yellow River, should be well protected by established reserves that play an important role in keeping ecological balance. In order to raise public awareness on the importance of wetlands the people must strengthen education and awareness. President Jiang said that the exploitation of wetlands - a precious natural resource - should be strictly limited, and more wetland reserves should be established. Water resources should also be better-protected and wisely utilized. Some urgent and immediate measures should be undertaken to save wetlands, in particular, to establish more wetland nature reserves and to appropriately manage the existing wetland nature reserves. Talking about water transfer from South to North, President Jiang suggested three principles: saving water is more important than its transferring; pollution control should be ensured before water transfer, and environmental protection and water utilization should be considered equally important. The government will further harness China's large rivers to improve the nation's flood-control and drought-relief capacity. Reported by Li Lukang, Wetlands International-China, based on the released news of the Xinhua News Agency

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