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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

China's sustainable development hopeful: Earth Council chairman

People's Daily:

China's Environment: A human Right Catastrophe?"...if the means of development as high input and heavy pollution with low efficiency continues, environmental loss will be four to five times as much as that at present. "

So says Qu Geping, Chairman of China Environmental Protection Foundation, at a lecture given in Beijing recently.

Joined in the lecture by Maurice F. Strong, special advisor to US Secretary-General and Chairman of Earth Council lectured on the concept of "sustainable development" in China.

With China's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) having reached 11 trillion yuan (US$1.33 trillion) in 2003 and with this figure expected to quadruple in 2020 to USD 4 trillion the Chinese Government has some major problems balancing the need for economic development with the needs of the environment.

The People's Daily reported Mr. Strong as stating that the hardest environmental problems ahead for China are the land deterioration and water pollution. The downfall of the productivity of China's soil will incur serious results for China which is now nourishing 22 percent of the world's population with only 7 percent of the world's land.

This fact is not lost on China's leaders having in 2003 enacted the "Environment Impact Assessment Law" stipulating that new projects can not be commenced until being evaluated as to their possible impact on environment.

Having Laws is one thing enforcing them is another al together different thing. China's record on enforcing laws of this kind has been very poor, one only has to look at the number of coal mines operating quite openly that have been "officially closed down"

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