Hainan to eval­u­ate of­fi­cials on green vi­sion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By MA ZHIPING and LIU XIAOLI in Haikou Con­tact the writ­ers at li­ux­i­aoli@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Most gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in Hainan prov­ince will no longer be eval­u­ated on GDP growth, as author­i­ties move to­ward a greener ap­proach that re­wards ef­forts to pro­tect the trop­i­cal is­land’s unique ecol­ogy.

A re­vised as­sess­ment sys­tem will be in­tro­duced next month in 12 of its 19 cities and coun­ties, Liu Cigui, the prov­ince’s Party chief, said at an eco­nomic work con­fer­ence in Haikou on Mon­day.

The de­ci­sion on whether an official should be pro­moted will now be based on their achieve­ments in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and build­ing the lo­cal eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion, rather than tra­di­tional key fac­tors such as GDP growth, in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion and fixed-as­set in­vest­ment, he said.

Liu said the shift in fo­cus sends a strong mes­sage to lo­cal lead­ers that they must change their men­tal­ity to cul­ti­vate a green model that pro­tects the is­land’s eco­log­i­cal ad­van­tages, pro­motes qual­ity de­vel­op­ment and builds a beau­ti­ful Hainan.

Re­quire­ments and stan­dards will dif­fer in the 19 cities and coun­ties based on their lo­ca­tion, nat­u­ral re­sources, func­tions and de­vel­op­ment char­ac­ter­is­tics.

For ex­am­ple, an in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment in­dex has been de­signed to ap­praise of­fi­cials in ma­jor cities and ar­eas, such as Haikou, Sanya, the Yangpu Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Zone, Danzhou and Cheng­mai, while en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion has been set as the most im­por­tant task in the cen­tral parts of the prov­ince.

De­tailed re­quire­ments will also as­sess of­fi­cials on their ef­fi­cient use of re­sources, farm­land pro­tec­tion, poverty re­duc­tion, ad­vances in pil­lar in­dus­tries and pub­lic ser­vices, and pro­vid­ing guid­ance to lower-level of­fi­cials on de­vel­op­ment qual­ity, mode and ca­pac­ity.

“To give it a vivid ex­pla­na­tion, we will let ‘bas­ket­ball play­ers’ and ‘soc­cer play­ers’ com­pete on dif­fer­ent play­ing fields,” Liu said. “Hainan will fur­ther im­prove its new eval­u­a­tion sys­tem and set up a green GDP in­dex to eval­u­ate eco­nomic growth.”

The new ap­praisal sys­tem will grad­u­ally be rolled out across the is­land, he added.

A re­port re­leased this week by the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion after a month­long in­spec­tion in Hainan said that sev­eral con­struc­tion projects had vi­o­lated the law and left “scars” on the en­vi­ron­ment that would be hard to heal.

Sea Flower Is­land, for ex­am­ple, a land recla­ma­tion project in Danzhou, had dam­aged large ar­eas of co­ral reef, the re­port said. The project man­agers have been or­dered to com­plete rec­ti­fi­ca­tion and im­prove­ment plans within a month.

To pre­vent such prob­lems, Shen Xiaom­ing, the gov­er­nor of Hainan, said the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will ex­tend by three years an on­go­ing cam­paign to im­prove the air, water and soil qual­ity, pre­serve the moun­tains and forests, beau­tify ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, and clamp down on il­le­gal con­struc­tion projects.

More than 3,590 cases of en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion re­ported by lo­cal res­i­dents have been dealt with, ac­cord­ing to data pre­sented at the eco­nomic work con­fer­ence.

“The sys­tem of ap­point­ing of­fi­cials as ‘chiefs’ to pro­tect rivers, lakes, bays and moun­tains will be strictly im­ple­mented to curb pol­lu­tion and safe­guard the is­land’s unique re­sources,” Shen said.

Mao Dongli, deputy di­rec­tor of the Hainan Eco­log­i­cal and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment, said an en­force­ment sys­tem for en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing and su­per­vi­sion will cover the en­tire prov­ince by the end of next year.

Hainan — a pop­u­lar tourist re­sort known for its scenery, warm cli­mate and fresh air — gets millions of vis­i­tors from home and abroad ev­ery year.

“The is­land’s eco­log­i­cal re­sources are its ‘best cap­i­tal’ and big­gest ad­van­tage to help re­al­ize its blue­print to build an in­ter­na­tional tourism des­ti­na­tion and at­tain sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” Liu added.

The sys­tem of ap­point­ing of­fi­cials as ‘chiefs’ to pro­tect rivers, lakes, bays and moun­tains will be strictly im­ple­mented.”

Shen Xiaom­ing,

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