Struc­ture reshuf­fled to ben­e­fit en­vi­ron­ment

Prov­inces to mon­i­tor lower level au­thor­i­ties, free­ing cities, coun­ties to fo­cus on pol­luters

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

Un­der the cur­rent man­age­ment struc­ture, it’s hard to su­per­vise city and county gov­ern­ments’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.” Wu Shunze, deputy head of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion’s re­form of­fice

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment launched a road map to guide a fun­da­men­tal re­form of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties’ man­age­ment struc­ture to in­crease their ef­fi­ciency and in­de­pen­dence at the city and county lev­els.

Twelve prov­inces have started the pi­lot projects of the new man­age­ment struc­ture, and it will ex­pand to cover the whole coun­try by 2020, ac­cord­ing to the plan re­leased on Thurs­day.

Cur­rently, city and county en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties are part of and are su­per­vised by lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

In the new man­age­ment struc­ture, a city en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion author­ity will be su­per­vised by the provin­cial as well as the city gov­ern­ment. The county author­ity will be­come the en­force­ment branch of the city en­vi­ron­men­tal author­ity.

The provin­cial author­ity will take over the mon­i­tor­ing work from city and county au­thor­i­ties and as­sess city and county en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties’ work per­for­mance.

It is ex­pected that data on a city’s or county’s en­vi­ron­ment will be more ac­cu­rate be­cause their gov­ern­ments will not be able to in­ter­fere.

The county-level en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion author­ity will also be able to fo­cus on in­spect­ing lo­cal pol­luters be­cause they won’t need to pro­vide mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice.

The re­form road map stip­u­lates the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and tasks of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties at the three lev­els, high­light­ing their ma­jor tasks, ac­cord­ing to Wu Shunze, deputy head of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion’s re­form of­fice.

“Un­der the cur­rent man­age­ment struc­ture, it’s hard to su­per­vise city and county gov­ern­ments’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. It is also hard to block in­ter­fer­ence from lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the work of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties,” Wu said on Thurs­day.

The new man­age­ment sys­tem can also bet­ter co­or­di­nate ef­forts in deal­ing with cross­re­gional pol­lu­tion, he said.

Wu spoke of the im­por­tance of re­form, say­ing the top­down man­age­ment sys­tem from provin­cial to county-level en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion au­thor­i­ties would help the au­thor­i­ties to work ef­fi­ciently and in­de­pen­dently.

“We will try to help the pi­lot prov­inces to fin­ish the pi­lot re­form by June 2017, and con­duct self-as­sess­ments,” said Wu. “Then, the re­main­ing prov­inces will join in the pi­lot re­form by June 2018, mak­ing all the prov­inces work un­der the top-down man­age­ment sys­tem by 2020.”

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