Almost one-quarter of China’s land mass will be off-limits to development by the end of the decade, the country’s cabinet has pledged, as China looks towards a “new era” of “ecological civilisation.”
Guidelines issued by the State Council tackle a number of ecological problems facing the country, including sanitising at least 70% of water sources by 2020 and raising the number of “clean air days” for cities at the prefecture level or above, as Caixin reports.
Despite significant attention placed on ecological issues under the Xi administration, many local governments have failed to fall in line, opting for faster economic growth at the expense of the environment. The concrete targets along with a wider emphasis on quality rather than speed of growth is aimed at tackling this problem.
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