Of­fi­cials rated on eco­log­i­cal progress

As­sess­ments of govern­ment per­for­mance tied to bind­ing tar­gets set out in 13th Five-Year Plan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will be­gin an­nual eval­u­a­tions of the eco­log­i­cal progress made by pro­vin­cial, city and county gov­ern­ments start­ing in 2017, which will fa­cil­i­tate pol­i­cy­mak­ers’ pur­suit of green growth.

The eval­u­a­tions will be based on green growth tar­gets, in­clud­ing re­source uti­liza­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity and public sat­is­fac­tion, and should be fin­ished by the end of Au­gust.

They will be con­ducted jointly by min­is­te­rial level au­thor­i­ties mainly from statis­tics, eco­nomic plan­ning, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and per­son­nel.

An ad­di­tional five-year as­sess­ment will fo­cus on bind­ing tar­gets in the 13th FiveYear Plan (2016-20), the over­all road map for so­ci­ety, econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment.

If gov­ern­ments don’t reach three or more bind­ing tar­gets, they will fail the as­sess­ment, said Wang Yi, deputy head of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences’ In­sti­tute of Science and De­vel­op­ment.

Lead­ers of gov­ern­ments that fail the as­sess­ment will be held ac­count­able and re­quired to solve rel­e­vant is­sues, the guide­line said.

The guide­line shows the coun­try is con­nect­ing eco­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment to the eval­u­a­tion of of­fi­cial’s per­for­mances, which will put more fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, Wang said.

“It’s an in­no­va­tive step to com­bine the an­nual eval­u­a­tion and an as­sess­ment ev­ery five years, which have dif­fer­ent fo­cuses,” he said.

The guide­line is ex­pected to mo­ti­vate pol­i­cy­mak­ers and im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment, re­searchers said.

Wang Jin­nan, chief en­gi­neer of the Chi­nese Academy for En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning, sug­gested the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the guide­line and other ma­jor sup­ple­men­tary poli­cies such as the en­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tion sys­tem, and an au­dit of nat­u­ral re­source as­sets, “will work bet­ter in pro­mot­ing eco­log­i­cal progress”.

The public will also play a big­ger role, as their sat­is­fac­tion will af­fect the of­fi­cial’s an­nual eval­u­a­tion, and they are in­vited to mon­i­tor the as­sess­ment re­sults.

“The guide­line has put the peo­ple at the cen­ter, which high­lights the im­por­tance of their feel­ings on the en­vi­ron­ment and gov­er­nance, thus mak­ing the re­sults of an­nual and five-year eval­u­a­tions more re­li­able and use­ful,” said Dai Yande, head of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion’s En­ergy Re­search In­sti­tute.

The guide­line ... high­lights the im­por­tance of their feel­ings on the en­vi­ron­ment and gov­er­nance.” Dai Yande, head of the En­ergy Re­search In­sti­tute

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