SpringUN praises Fes­ti­val China’s re­vi­tal­ize­sprogress in a push vil­lage­for eco­log­i­calin An­hui pro­tec­tions prov­ince

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com. cn

China has taken great strides since 2013 in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, with ef­fec­tive air pol­lu­tion and oth­ern­con­trol­s2017Ispent­put mor­ein­place, and it­thanis­working­a­mon­th­toin­bringGuhe,its best pra­capoverty-tices­tostrick­en­the­world,vil­lage the re­gion­alvil­lageinFuyang’shead­ofLin­quan a UNde­vel­op­ment­county, agen­cy­tosee­how­said. of­fi­cial­sDuringandthevil­lagerspast­five­hadyears, beenChi­nado­ing­has­madeon­povertyapow­er­ful­re­lief. pushThough­from­thethe­cen­tralvil­lage­and­haslo­cala reg­is­teredlevel­stoim­prove­pop­u­la­tion­airqual­ity,of more“and thethanachieve­ment5,000,Isaw­inon­lythe a(Bei­jing-lim­it­edTian­jin-num­berHe­bei)of­peo­plearea stay­ing­has­not gone­home­un­no­ticed,—mostly aselderly, wearenowand kid­sex­pe­ri­enc­ing­whoare­often­many called­more­blueleft-skies­be­hind­inBei­jing”,chil­dren.said Ni­cholasIn­starkRosellini,con­trast­theto theUnited poverty-res­i­dentstrick­en­rep­re­sen­ta­tivevil­lagers, shab­byNa­tions­brick-Devel­op­ment­tile­hous­esPro­gram of large­forChina.sin­gle-fam­ily homes, of­tenDatat­wofromto­four­thesto­riesMin­istry­tall, are­ofEn­vi­ron­men­talev­ery­wherein thePro­tec­tionvil­lage. Manyshow the­homes­dra­mati­care­big­gerde­clinethanof 500air­pol­lu­tion,squareme­ters.with­theHow­ever,av­er­age mostlevel ofof thePM2.5houses— haz­ardousinthevil­lage­finepar­ti­cle­shadtheir—doorsinth­e­lockedBei­jing­dur­ingTian­jin-theHe­bei­en­tir­ere­gion­pe­ri­o­dreducedI wass­incethere.2013by 39.6 per­cent.

AThe500-re­duc­tion­square-tar­getsme­ter, set­three­story for­gov­ern­mentshouse­c­ostswere­aboutreached as 300,000sched­uled,yua­nand($47,257),manyc­i­ties, ex­cludinge­spe­cially in­te­ri­or­inthePearl­fur­nish­ings RiverDelta,and­met­dec­o­ra­tion.then­ation­alMany­s­tan­dard­s­data of the hous­es­three­haveyearsa niceearly,look on­show.the out­side but have un­paint­edChi­na­has­in­te­ri­or­foryear­swalls.been that­fo­cus,most of­show­ingth­e­big houses“in­creas­ingVil­lagecadresit­sen­vi­ron­men­tal told it me is a

Ire­spon­si­ble be­long to vil­lagerspart­ner­who when mi­grate to citiesit­comes­for­work. to the They have save­den­vi­ron­ment”,some money throughRoselliniyear­sof said. in­dus­tri­ous la­bor,He­buthigh­lighted of­ten can­not af­ford to buy a somecity apart­ment. of the ef­fec­tive mea­suresWhenI re­turnedthat­madetosig­nif­i­cant the vil­lage last­con­tri­bu­tions,week,Isaw­in­clud­ingthat many­in­cen­tivesoft­he­forhome­own­ers pro­vid­ing sub­si­dies had re­turnedis­suedashome,atrade-bring­ing off for thee­l­im­i­nat­ingvil­lage­back­sub­stan­dard­tovi­tal­ity.carsI sawwith­peo­ple­ga­sor diechat­tingse­lengines.in­front of houses“Weare­an­dal­so­carssup­port­ing­parked the alongde­vel­op­ment­theroads. of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles,Many­of­par­tic­u­lar­lythe­car­swere­fu­el­new. cell Ac­cord­ingve­hi­cles,...toand­whathaveI’veseen­been an told­in­crease­byau­toin sale­spro­duc­tion­in­sid­ers,andthe twoad­op­tionorthree­inChina,”monthshe­be­fore said. bus­i­estin­pe­ri­odterms­fo­rof­carim­pact,sales. is SpringPer­hap­sFes­ti­val­thetend­most­tosig­nif­i­cant, be the theFan­gre­cen­tQuanchun,de­vel­op­men­twho­has of been­thee­mis­sion­work­ing in­right­sagar­ment trad­ing fac­to­ryand­car­bon­inBei­jinge­mis­sion­for more trad­ing than­mar­ket­sev­en­mech­a­nism,years,toldRosellinime thatadded.he gained more re­spect fromTheother­short­vil­lagers-term when­neg­a­tivehe broughtim­pacts aof­carstricterofhis own pol­lu­tion back­reg­u­la­tion­shome. may largely be re­flThank­secte­d­into thetermspoverty of un­em­ploy­ment gov­ern­ment,of­work­ers­someat­com­pa­ni­escon­crete re­lief mea­sures­due­to­tak­en­thedis­place­ment by the road­sthathave­have­been­been­shut­built­downin due Guhe,totheir­mak­ing­pol­lu­tion­it­moree­mis­sions,con­ducive toin­creasedriv­ing. of en­ergy bills from“Iwas­com­pa­nies­rather­sur­prised­fac­ingto a seer­e­stric­tion­the­newin­con­creteth­eiruseroad of fos­sil that­fu­els,passe­sh­e­said.by my house,” Fang“How­ever,said,addingth­e­sethat­short-the term road­ef­fect­shadare­beena in­trade­ter­ri­ble -off for con­di­tion­clean­er­skies­for­manyand years. re­duced health­careFang­will spend­costs the­fromhol­i­day the

Be­sides, while in­dus­tries house,that­pol­lutethough­heav­ily,itis­not­suchfin­ished. as steel, might see a down­wardInorder toshift,bet­ternewin­form emerg­ing the re­turningin­dus­triesvil­lager­sthatareof more theiren­vi­ron­men­tal­ly­home­town’sfriend­ly­lat­est can de­vel­op­mentin­some­cas­esachieve­ments, fill the gap, he the­said,Lyuzha­iadding­town­shipthatthis­gov­ern­ment, is the the­whichUnite­dis­re­spon­si­ble States, em­ploy­men­tGuhe,or­ga­nizedinthea coal tourindus­try­with­has­dozens­beenof­sig­nifino­table cantly vil­lager­sout­paced­for­bya­growthlookaround. in­al­ter­na­tive

The gov­ern­menten­er­gyjobs. hopes to home­re­new­able­and­start­theiren­er­gy­own and per­suadeForChina,vil­lager­s­thetostay boom­ing busi­ness­esauto­mo­tivein thein­dus­tries­fu­ture,so are that­greattheyex­am­can­ples.con­tributeForin­stance,tothe lo­caltheriseeco­nomicin­sales­de­vel­op­ment. of elec­tric ve­hi­cles,“When manye­spe­cial­lyvil­lagers­bat­tery­pow­ered left home for elec­tric­work­in­ve­hi­cles­bigc­i­ties and years­fuel ago,cell the­elec­tricvil­lagesve­hi­cles,were veryindi­catepoor.aBut­mar­ket­nowa­daysthat the will sit­u­a­tion­con­tinue has­tori­seim­proved and pro­vide greatly,em­ploy­ment,andwe­he­want­said.to make themAp­plaudin­gawareof that,”China’ssaid ef­forts Han­in­curbingChao,headairof pol­lu­tion,the­gov­ern­men­tUNDPha­sof­con­duct­edLyuzhai. projects toIf­work­star­tup­swith­employChina,pover­tys­tricken such asin2017, vil­lagers,whenUNDPad­di­tional China’s sub­si­diesini­tia­tiveswillled beto the­of­fered,re­duc­tionin ad­di­tionof14.85 tomil­lionother fa­vor­able met­ric tons poli­cies,of­car­bon­in­clud­ing­diox­ide­tax­e­mis­sions,re­duc­tions show.and­cheap land.

Some­times,“On­thein­ter­na­tion­alof­fi­cialsworry level, thatUNDPthe­andvil­lageChi­na­coul­dare work­ing­be­come ato­geth­er­lit­tle­tooto­lively.bringBasedChina’son ex­pe­ri­ence their pre­vi­ou­sandbest­knowl­edge, prac­tices to theyothertell­coun­tries,”th­e­lo­calRosellinivil­lage said, cadresadding­tothrough­keepa clos­etheBelt­eye on and po­ten­tialRoad­Ini­tia­tive,gam­blingUNDPac­tiv­i­ties and dur­ingChina arethe hol­i­day,workingas­close­lyre­turn­ing to ex­changes, mon­eytech­nol­o­gy­with­trans­fers,the­mand­train­ing­might gam­ble­and­to­build­for­fun. ca­pac­ity.

ZHU LIXIN / CHINA DAILY

Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees from Fuyang, An­hui prov­ince, pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment on a train on Feb 7 in­form­ing pas­sen­gers about the lat­est devel­op­ments in the city.

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