New law to protect Yellow River Basin ecosystems

A representative of China’s National People’s Congress announced that a law is currently being drafted to improve ecosystem protection and promote regional economic development in the Yellow River Basin. The aim is to strengthen the protection of the watercourse and prevent environmental pollution. In addition, it was announced that similar laws are being prepared for other river basins throughout the country.

Passed  at the end of 2020, the Yangtze River Protection Law is the first of its kind. Aimed at promoting well-coordinated environmental protection of the Yangtze River basin and at facilitating green development, the Yangtze River Protection Law has come into force on March 1, 2021.

As well as strengthening protection of the river basin ecosystem, the law will also restrict exploitation of shorelines and impose tougher punishments for a number of violations that cause environmental pollution in the river basin.

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Sino-German Environmental Partnership II

Project country
China
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China (MEE)
Implementation Partners
International Environmental Cooperation Office (IECO), MEE; China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
Duration
09/2017 – 10/2021

Since 2013, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership has supported bilateral environmental policy dialogue through the exchange of experience and advice on various specialist topics. Thereby, the project enhances institutional and individual capacities through training, the exchange of personnel, and knowledge transfer, to best prepare China for its future as a transformed “Ecological Civilization” and its path towards a “Beautiful China”. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for implementing the Sino-German Environmental Partnership, which is funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU. In September 2017, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership entered into its second phase, which will continue until 2021. Through its activities, the Sino-German Environmental Partnership supports its Chinese project partners in transforming the existing environmental management system into a holistic environmental governance system which involves actors from science, industry and civil society. The planned activities lead to an intensification of the German-Chinese strategic environmental dialogue. An enhanced exchange such as this will continue to positively impact China’s proactive ownership of global environmental and climate change responsibilities. This will support the achievement of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.