To Build a Beautiful Hunan by Environmental Protection
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Forest coverage rate of Hunan Province reaches 59.68%
Spring is the best season of the year, and today is Arbor Day. Hunan province has good achievements on tree planting and urban and rural greening . By the end of 2017, the forest coverage rate of Hunan Province reached 59.68%, and the forest reserves reached 548 million cubic meters. The coverage rate of the urban and rural greening above the county level reached 39.3%. Green mountains and cities have become a brand for Hunan. The green development Index ranked the 8th nationally.
Ecological Environment Improvement
Hunan takes strategy of “A Lake and Four Rivers" ( Dongting Lake; Xiang River, Zi River, Yuan River and Li River are four major rivers in Hunan)”as the main battlefield for environmental protection and improvement. It implements the river chief/keeper system and the most stringent water resources management system. It strongly promotes the rectification according the problems and feedback issues by Central Environmental Protection Inspection. Hunan will effectively work for pollution prevention and control for air, water and soil.
Rectification of Xiang River
In order to restore the beautiful scenery of Xiang River River, the envionmental protection and rectification are deepening by the unified operations in eight cities and 67 counties in Hunan along the coast of Xiang River.1,182 companies involved in “heavy” industries have been shut down; 2273 livestock and poultry farms within 500 meters along the main stream of the river have been moved to other places; 21 million acres of mining areas have been covered in green plants .
Clear water of Dongting Lake
The special rectifications of the ecological environment in the Dongting Lake have eliminated nearly 80,000 acres of European and American black poplars, along with hundreds of sand-mining points canceled, reconstruct papermaking companies shut down and nearly 10,000 livestock and poultry farms removed. At the Two Sessions in 2018, Du Jiahao said to the media, "The water keeps clear; the birds returns; more porpoises comes to Dongting Lake. This rectification actions have been supported by the broad masses of the people in the area near Dongting Lake."
A porpoise is swimming in Dongting Lake. 洞庭湖里江豚在水中游。
The qualified rate of water quality of Dongting Lake rose from 76.2% of the previous year to 85.7%. The number of days with good air reached 305 days, with an increase of 21 days compared with the previous year, and the excellentrate was 83.6%, which was an increase of 6 percentage points from the previous year. The growth rate is No.1 in Hunan. In 2017 Dongdong Lake waterfowl reached 1.183 million, is the highest number of waterfowl in the East Dongting Lake in the past 10 years. The rectification of Dongting Lake has achieved initial results.
Protecting ecological systems in Hunan
Hunan is located on the migratory route of East Asian-Australian migratory birds. Dongting Lake is an important habitat and wintering ground for migratory birds. In mid-March each year, migratory birds begin to move from south to north for about two months. There are nearly 500 species of birds in Hunan, accounting for one-third species of birds in China, including 11 species of first-class national protected birds and 53 species of second-class protected birds. In recent years, Hunan has done a lot of work to protect migratory birds on the Millennium Bird Road. In winter this year, more than 220,000 winter migratory birds came to Dongting Lake, which increased more than 40,000 birds. The work on protecting migratory birds has achieved remarkable results.
British journalist sees environment protection at Dongting Lake
Dongting Lake, in the far north of Hunan province, is home to the few remaining Yangtze finless porpoise left in the wild. In this episode of Decoding The New Era, we find out what's being done to conserve this critically endangered marine mammal, improve the environment and foster green development.
在中国，英国小哥方丹(Greg Fountain)经常能听到一句话，“绿水青山就是金山银山”。Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets.
亲手喂养动物保护站(nature reserve)萌萌的麋鹿。(milu or Père David's deer)