Liaon­ing bolters ef­forts on mar­itime eco-pro­tec­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI in Hu­lu­dao, Liaon­ing prov­ince zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince will strengthen en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion for the ocean and is­lands dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal mar­itime au­thor­i­ties.

In a state­ment, the Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Oceanic and Fish­ery Depart­ment said the prov­ince will tighten the re­view and ap­proval pro­ce­dures for lo­cal busi­nesses use of the ocean and will su­per­vise land recla­ma­tion on is­lands.

The prov­ince’s nat­u­ral coast­line will be rig­or­ously pro­tected and is­land restora­tion projects will also be un­der­taken, the depart­ment said, adding that in­spec­tors will mon­i­tor the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

Liaon­ing ad­min­is­ters about 150,000 square kilo­me­ters of ocean. It has nearly 2,300 km of coast­line, ac­count­ing for 12 per­cent of the na­tional to­tal. Last year, mar­itime in­dus­tries gen­er­ated about 14 per­cent of the Liaon­ing’s GDP of 2.8 tril­lion yuan ($430 bil­lion), of­fi­cial statis­tics show.

Guan Song, a se­nior in­spec­tor from the oceanic and fish­ery depart­ment, said the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has de­cided to make good, sus­tain­able use of marine and is­land re­sources.

“For ex­am­ple, we are build­ing Jue­hua Is­land into a model of the co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment of ecotourism and re­source ex­ploita­tion,” he said. “We have sus­pended the reg­is­tra­tion of new cars on the is­land to pro­tect the air qual­ity. Con­struc­tion of new build­ings has also been halted, while ex­ist­ing struc­tures that are in vi­o­la­tion of the reg­u­la­tions are be­ing re­lo­cated or de­mol­ished.”

Jue­hua Is­land, pre­vi­ously called Chrysan­the­mum Is­land, is the largest is­land in Liaodong Bay with a to­tal area of 13.5 square kilo­me­ters.

Lo­cated more than 12 km south­east of the ur­ban area of Hu­lu­dao, a pre­fec­ture-level city, the is­land is renowned for its scenery and at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the Da­long­gong Tem­ple, the Guaishi­tan Beach and the East Coast­line Walk.

Zhang Sa, deputy head of the Jue­hua Is­land Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, said the com­mit­tee has helped lo­cal res­i­dents plant a great num­ber of trees and fruits, and at least 20 mil­lion yuan has been in­vested in plan­ta­tion projects.

In ad­di­tion, the is­land has been striv­ing to take ad­van­tage of its long Bud­dhist his­tory to bol­ster ecotourism, and the com­mit­tee has also taken a host of mea­sures to safe­guard and re­store the marine en­vi­ron­ment in sur­round­ing wa­ters, he said.

As a re­sult of the ef­forts, the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion in June named Jue­hua Is­land as one ofChina’s 10 most beau­ti­ful is­lands, he added.

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