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Chongming Invites Experts to Discuss Building of World Class Eco-Island

2018-09-06

“Please allow me to introduce Chongming by ‘3 Islands’. First of all, Chongming is an Island of Estuary. It is at the junction of the estuary of the Yangtze River and the southeast coastal passage and is the largest estuarine deposit island in the world which has been reputed the ‘Yingzhou of the East China Sea and Portal of the Yangtze River’. Chongming is constituted by Chongming Island, Changxing Island and Hengsha Island and this year marks the 1,400th anniversary of its forming. Second, Chongming is an Island of City. It has an administrative area of 2,494.5km2, among which 1,413km2 is land area with nearly 700,000 permanent population. Chongming is an important international marine equipment island of Shanghai with high-quality water resources, and is also a key bridge tower connecting Shanghai with the Yangtze River Delta. With one fifth of the land area of Shanghai, Chongming has contributed to one third of agricultural products and half of the raw water supply of Shanghai. Third, Chongming is an Island of Ecology. With the Dongtan International Wetland, the National Natural Reserve for Birds and the Chinese Sturgeon Protection Base, it is an important ecological shelter zone of Shanghai and has been citied the ‘god-given pure island on the west coast of Pacific Ocean’ by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).” Said Chongming District Governor Li Zheng in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 (7th) Shanghai Chongming Eco-Island International Forum held in Chongming Conference Center on September 4.

The 2018 forum is its 7th session after the founding of Chongming Eco-Island Forum in 2006 and the 1st one after Chongming set the goal of constructing a world class ecological island in 2016. It aims to serve as a platform for international exchange and cooperation and bring about international visions and global wisdom for Chongming to build a world class ecological island of high quality in the new era. With the theme of “Ecology First & Green Development – Building Chongming into A World Class Ecological Island of High Quality”, the 3-day forum has invited more than 50 famous experts from China and other countries, including the US, Britain, France, Netherlands, Italy and Israel, have gathered to offer advice and suggestions for building Chongming into a world class ecological island of high quality.

The current forum is constituted by 1 opening ceremony and keynote speech, 2 sub-forums (on the ecosystem and the modern urban agriculture respectively), 1 District Governors Session on Rural Revitalization, and 5 seminars (on ecology + civilization, the development of the cultural industry, the development of the health industry, featured sports town and green transportation respectively) to focus on the ecological civilization construction and the green industry development of Chongming.

In recent years, Chongming has fully enhanced the level of building a world class ecological island and earnestly penetrate the “full ecology” idea into every aspect of its economic and social development. It has strived to be the bellwether and forerunner of implementing the ecology first and green development and committed itself to be an example of “grasping greater protection instead of exploitation” in the Yangtze River Economic Zone, thus offering the Chongming case of practicing General Secretary Xi Jinping’s saying that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets” and making great contributions for Shanghai building an outstanding global city.

The UNEP recognized the development path of Chongming in the “International Evaluation Report on Chongming Eco-Island of Shanghai” in 2014. In recent years, Chongming has laid solid foundation in green agriculture, ecological tourism, rural environment governance and wetland restoration, and its innovative development path oriented on ecology has been recognized and concerned by increasing domestic and foreign experts and international organizations.

“Greater protection brings up better ecology which will lead to a brilliant future.” Li Zheng said that Shanghai is accelerating the pace of constructing an “outstanding global city” in the new era and striving to become a “city of innovation, humanity and ecology”. As the most valuable and irreplaceable future-oriented strategic ecological space in Shanghai, to undertake its new historical mission, Chongming should make full use of its resources advantage, stick to the road of reform, innovation and ecology, and stay firmly to the task of building a world class ecological island.

 
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