Official website, China’s CBD COP 15 Pavilion in Kunming and the warm-up event “The business and finance journey to Kunming: We are part of the solution”.

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will now be held from 11 to 24 October 2021, in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.

A law to improve the conservation of Yellow River Basin ecosystems is being drafted to strengthen protection of the watercourse and prevent environmental pollution.

China’s State Council calls for building an economic system featuring green, low-carbon and circular development, and to promote an overall green transformation of the economy and society.

The guideline outlined policy measures to promote the mechanism, in which officials at provincial, city, county or township levels will assume the role of forest chief in their areas of administration.

A notice of a complete ban on solid waste imports was released jointly by China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the General Administration of Customs.

Premier Li Keqiang hosted an executive meeting of the State Council on December 9th, 2020. The meeting passed the “Regulations on the Management of Emission Permits (Draft)”, clarifying that the pollutant discharge units shall be classified according to the amount of pollutants produced, discharged, and the level of impact to the environment, among others.

On October 30th, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) released two action plans for comprehensive control of air pollution in the autumn and winter of 2020-2021, focusing on Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (Jing-Jin-Ji) cluster plus Fenwei Plain and Yangtze River Delta area.

The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its fifth plenary session in Beijing on October 29th with the release of a Communique. The plenary session heard and discussed a work report delivered by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on behalf of the Political Bureau/Politburo of the CPC Central Committee.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the world to join hands and act urgently to advance biodiversity conservation and global environmental governance. He also stressed the imperativeness of international cooperation to chart a sustainable pathway in response to COVID-19.

China plans to ramp up legislative measures after President Xi Jinping addressed national food security risks and called for greater efforts to reduce food waste.

A new standard system for “greening, reducing and recycling” express packaging shall be in place by 2022. The guideline reflects policy recommendations by one of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) Special Policy Study (SPS) contributed to by the BMU.

The State Council published a reform plan to further clarify the division of financial powers and expenditure responsibilities between the central and local governments in the field of ecology and environment.

China will invest at least 3 trillion RMB on ramping up its ecosystem protection and restoration efforts through nine major projects which are being identified across the country.

According to MEE’s 2019 Report on the State of the Ecology and Environment, China has made progress on ecological environment protection. The quality of air, surface water, and oceans have all improved.

Minister Huang Runqiu emphasized the continuing importance of environmental protection amid the recovery from COVID-19 and provided details on environmental targets, future work plans, and air pollution.

On 11 March, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China jointly issued the document “Opinions on Speeding up Establishing Legal and Policy System for Green Production and Consumption”, which aims to improve current laws and regulations, and facilitate green production and consumption nationally. The […]
Amid the concerns on how “green” China can remain under the enormous economic pressure caused by the current COVID19 pandemic, on 3 March 2020, the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee and the State Council jointly released a “Guideline on Building a Modern Environmental Governance System” (hereafter referred to as the “Guideline”). [...]

The identification of the wild animal trade as the possible cause of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered mounting criticisms, to which the Chinese Government reacted swiftly with a series of regulatory measures.

The national forestry authority urged local governments to strengthen the protection of migratory birds and remove threats to their safety as migration season continues. According to a notice posted on the State Forestry and Grassland Administration’s website on Tuesday, local authorities have been asked to gather accurate information about the species of migratory birds in […]

NEW YORK – China would play an important role as the climate challenge looms, a report published this month shows. Named Guide to Chinese Climate Policy 2019 and authored by David Sandalow, an inaugural fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, the report examines Chinese carbon dioxide emissions, domestic and foreign policies regarding […]

Cainiao Network Technology, Alibaba Group’s smart logistics arm, announced on Tuesday plans on Tuesday to set up 1,000 recycling boxes in Shanghai for the reuse and recycling of parcel packaging. The recycling stations located in courier booths across the city are where residents leave their used packages. They can also stand to choose paper packages […]

Three times the size of New York’s Central Park and created by villagers planting tens of thousands of saplings, Binhu National Forest Park is a testament to ingenuity and persistence. The government of Hefei, Anhui province, oversaw turning abandoned farmland into a massive forest park, and the results have seen it become a popular tourist […]

OSAKA — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called upon all parties to honor their commitments and take concrete actions in tackling climate change at a trilateral meeting of China, France and the United Nations here on Saturday. At the meeting, the Chinese official emphasized that tackling climate change requires both enthusiasm and […]

In one week, Shanghai will start enforcing its first regulation on domestic waste management, joining other large Chinese cities piloting a shift to make garbage classification compulsory, instead of voluntary. Since the beginning of this century, China has encouraged people to sort household garbage voluntarily. While more people have realized the importance of garbage classification, […]

China has managed to reduce the emission of major air pollutants and greenhouse gases while maintaining economic growth over the past six years, a report has found. China’s GDP grew by 39 percent and its energy consumption increased by 11 percent from 2013 to 2018. During that time, the average density of PM2.5 particulate matter […]

China’s intensified efforts in environmental governance have proved to be an efficient impetus for the country’s high-quality development and officials will further promote reform to maximize results, the head of the country’s top environmental watchdog said. “Environmental governance has proved itself in China to be an important impetus for high quality economic development to strengthen […]

The administration of China’s largest inland saltwater lake has issued a statement to ban inappropriate activities, including taking wedding photos, in the Qinghai Lake National Nature Reserve. According to the statement, all tourism websites, travel agencies and tour guides are banned from packaging privately-built passages and illegal scenic spots into their tourist products for business […]

Ahead of the ongoing Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, overseas journalists visited the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition on Tuesday, to learn about the capital city’s drive to promote more eco-friendly lifestyles. Co-organized by the conference’s news center and the Beijing Information Office, the tour took in the featured horticulture and iconic architecture of China […]

A total of 11 cities and five regions in China are aiming to be “waste-free” after piloting a two-year national garbage disposal plan. The State Council published a guideline in December which listed 11 cities including Shenzhen in Guangdong, Baotou in Inner Mongolia, and Tongling in Anhui, as well as five other regions as “waste-free” […]

China’s massive express delivery industry has joined the effort to fight the illegal trade in protected wildlife and products by signing a self-regulatory convention on Tuesday. Fourteen express logistics firms-12 domestic ones, such as EMS and SF-Express, and international companies DHL and FedEx-made a solemn pledge to take various measures to refuse to transport protected […]

The Chinese government has invested more than 400 billion yuan ($59 billion) in the country’s greening plan and grown a total of 2.75 million hectares of forests in the past two decades, the forestry authorities revealed on Friday. To protect the country’s forests and reduce the risk of erosion and flooding, China implemented the Natural […]

The 20th IE Expo China, Asia’s largest environmental-themed trade fair, kicked off on Monday at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. The three-day event, which gathers more than 2,000 environmental industry representatives from 25 countries and regions, showcases the latest innovations and technologies in pollution management. Products and services include waste and soil treatment as […]

BEIJING – China’s extreme weather events are on the rise and becoming increasingly severe as the climate risk level edges up, China Meteorological Administration said in a report. The country saw a marked increase of extreme rainfall and a reduction of extreme low-temperature events during the 1961-2018 period, according to the report. The country’s climate […]

Environmental cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for this year is being discussed at a five-day forum in Beijing. The foreign economic cooperation office with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment held the 2019 forum. The 2019 ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Week started Monday and includes five seminars on ASEAN-China cooperation. […]

Over 20 years after Beijing began looking for ways to improve air quality in one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the developing world, it now provides a model for others to follow, according to a report released ahead of the UN Environment Assembly on Saturday. Research by UN Environment and the Beijing […]

The recent ban on ordinary tourists entering the core zone of Qomolangma National Nature Reserve is aimed at restoring the area’s vulnerable ecosystem after years of rapid tourism development, a spokesman from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on Thursday. To restore Qomolangma’s ecological balance, the ministry amended mountaineering regulations and environmental protection rules […]

The Tibet autonomous region has been making great efforts to protect its natural environment and has vowed to maintain the region as one of Earth’s purest landscapes. At the annual sessions of the region’s people’s congress and political advisory body in January, authorities called for more pollution control through greater input and efforts this year. […]

A snow leopard protection project in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has made achievements after monitoring the species in the eastern Tianshan mountains, a major habitat of the species, this winter. The monitoring work was jointly launched by the local forestry administration bureau of the eastern Tianshan mountains and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) […]

Beijing’s environmental watchdog is considering adopting the National VI (B) emission standards ahead of the country’s scheduled time, aiming to reduce vehicle emissions and enhance air pollution control in the capital. The new standard would come into effect in Beijing in 2020 and 2023 nationwide. With the new standard, major polluting gas from light-duty vehicles, […]

Chinese cities reported better air quality during the Spring Festival holiday as stricter control on fireworks reduced pollution. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said the average PM2.5 density in 338 cities dropped 14.2 percent year on year during the period from Monday evening to Tuesday morning, peak hours for air pollution as people […]

Hainan province will seek greater cooperation with leading international institutions and think tanks as it creates a world-class ecological civilization zone using international standards. While launching a large number of projects to help safeguard the top quality of its air, water and soil resources this year, Hainan will turn to ecologically excellent countries to learn […]

BEIJING — China has successfully delivered all the obligatory targets set for 2018 and stayed in line with the timetable outlined by the 13th Five-Year Plan, claimed by Chinese Ecology and Environment Minister Li Ganjie. Air quality has continued to improve with 338 major cities reporting good air quality on 79.3 percent of days, up 1.3 […]

BEIJING — The mayor of Beijing said Monday that more efforts would be made to green the city in the new year, including creating more parks, planting more trees and expanding greenbelt areas downtown. The annual government work report, delivered by Chen Jining at the opening meeting of the annual session of the Beijing Municipal […]

The completion of the world’s largest air purifier in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, has brought promising results and prompted a noticeable improvement in local air quality. The 60-meter-high air purification tower, officially known as the Hybrid Solar Assisted Large Scale Cleaning System, is a scientific project undertaken by the Institute of Earth Environment at […]

To improve China’s soil quality, the top environmental watchdog launched a big data platform on soil pollution on Wednesday and published a technical guideline on assessing its damage. Big data can play a major role in pollution control, urban and rural development planning, land development and agricultural production, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said […]

An oil production operation in a nature reserve in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has been closed despite the loss of annual output worth hundreds of millions of yuan in order to better protect desert wildlife. Zhundong Oil Production Plant, a branch of Xinjiang Oilfield of Petro-China that is located in the Junggar Basin, closed […]

As people focus their attention on the quality of the air they breathe, and on the impact of climate change, China is seeing a surge in renewable power generation. As part of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), a total of 150 gigawatts of new coal capacity has been canceled or postponed until at least 2020. […]

Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces have established a working mechanism to jointly protect China’s third-largest freshwater body, Taihu Lake. The mechanism, which is aimed at facilitating consultation and cooperation among officials responsible for the protection of the lake, was launched on Nov 13 when officials from the two provincial governments, the Ministry of Water Resources, the […]

Over the weekend, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region in North China, known as Jing-Jin-Ji, saw the resurgence of alarming air pollution. But the air quality has not worsened for no reason. According to experts, the surrounding areas of Beijing are still home to many highly polluting industries such as coal power plants, iron and steel factories, as […]

Beijing will be crucial to steering an ambitious Paris-style agreement to restore global biodiversity. Top scientists agree that to avert the crisis in biodiversity we must restore and conserve half the earth by 2050, and sustainably manage the other half. Now, many are seeing this as a core element of any Beijing Nature Agreement. China […]

More than 80 percent of the world’s wild pandas live in Sichuan, with the rest in Shaanxi and Gansu. In order to step up protection of wild pandas the Shaanxi province will establish a Giant Panda National Park. Planning for Giant Panda National Park began in January last year, when the Communist Party of China […]

The Yangtze River is home to 424 types of fish, of which 183 are endemic, and the categories of freshwater fish in the river comprise 33 percent of the national total. But President Xi Jinping has said that the country’s longest river is almost a “fish desert”. The Yangtze River Dolphin was declared functionally extinct […]