China will continue its war against pollution in 2001, especially
in key projects, large cities and main water and sea areas to
make it a good beginning for environmental work in the 10th
Five-Year Plan (2001-05).
This was revealed
by Xie Zhenhua, director of the State Environment Protection
Administration, yesterday at a national conference.
protection measures will be conducted in four major projects
including the diversion of water from the south to the north,
the bringing of natural gas and electricity from the west
to the east and the building of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway,
according to Xie.
Priority will be
given to the south-to-north water diversion project.
The project's purpose
is to divert water from the Yangtze River basin to the dry
northern part of the country.
A program for the
prevention and alleviation of water pollution on the project's
eastern line will be formulated, said Xie.
A series of projects
designed to control contamination in rivers that will contribute
water to the north will be carried out.
Strict and efficient
supervision of nuclear power plants will also be strengthened
to ensure safety, according to the official.
also stressed the improvement of urban environmental management.
Water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution and waste
accumulation in cities will be brought under control.
the improvement of Beijing's environment will be one of this
year's major tasks.
In rural areas,
measures will be taken to stop pollution caused by the use
of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, livestock breeding
administration, along with the State Economic and Trade Commission,
will distribute a list of obsolete technologies that cause
pollution, which will be gradually phased out in the coming
will be started in major water areas including the Three Gorges
reservoir area and the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
The administration will conduct special inspections on environmental
protection in the Three Gorges reservoir region this year.
A series of new
laws and regulations on environmental protection are also
planned for this year.
of environmental quality will be perfected and environmental
forecasts will be instituted in some cities.
information network across the country and a public information
center on environment protection will be established this
year, according to Xie.
China will take
a more active part in global environmental protection and
get more involved in international co-operation, according
to the ministry.
During the Ninth
Five-Year Plan (1996-2000), the trend towards worsening environment
contamination was basically brought under control
(China Daily 01/10/2001)