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China Unveils Plan for Major Biodiversity Conservation Projects

Hainan, May 23, 2024, The Europe Today: China is formulating an ambitious plan to implement major biodiversity conservation projects, underscoring the country’s commitment to protecting its rich ecological heritage. Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu announced the initiative during an event in Hainan province to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s global theme, “Be part of the Plan,” highlights the collective responsibility in biodiversity conservation.

Minister Huang emphasized China’s historical and ongoing dedication to biodiversity, noting its status as a country with high levels of biodiversity and an early signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. China is enhancing its legal frameworks and mechanisms for biodiversity protection, with current data showing that 90 percent of terrestrial ecosystem types and 74 percent of populations of key protected wildlife species at the national level are effectively protected.

Additionally, China is strengthening international cooperation and contributing to global biodiversity governance. As the president of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), China played a pivotal role in adopting the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in 2022. Huang called on developed countries to fulfill their commitments to support developing nations through increased funding, technology transfer, and capacity-building, ensuring the framework’s comprehensive and balanced implementation.