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BEIJING, Dec. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The high-level segment of the second part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) concluded on Saturday in Montreal, Canada.
The meeting has played a very important role in promoting the COP15 negotiation process, said Huang Runqiu, COP15 president and China's minister of ecology and environment.
"China will continue to play its role as long as it holds the COP15 presidency to help form synergies among all parties, close gaps and build consensus to reach an ambitious, realistic and balanced framework that the international community has been waiting for," he added.
"We should work together to promote the harmonious coexistence of man and nature, build a community for all living things on Earth, and create a clean and beautiful world for all of us," Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the ceremony. opening session of the high-level segment the previous Thursday.
According to Huang, Xi's speech is inspiring for negotiators. A total of 190 representatives made active contributions to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. They expressed strong political will to achieve its adoption and implementation.
China has promoted ecological progress and the protection of biodiversity. "We have found a path of biodiversity protection with Chinese characteristics," Xi said.
On December 13, the United Nations recognized China's "Shan-Shui Initiative" to restore 10 million hectares of ecosystems across the country as one of the 10 pioneering projects to preserve nature. The initiative honored as the flagship of the World Restoration. This ambitious initiative combines 75 large-scale projects, from mountains to coastal estuaries, in the world's most populous nation.
Since the beginning of the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), China has implemented 44 "Shan-Shui Initiative" projects and completed the ecological protection and restoration of more than 3.5 million hectares.
According to the white paper on Biodiversity Conservation, China has established 10 pilot programs for the national park system since 2015, covering an area of 2.2 million hectares. A variety of endangered species such as giant pandas and Tibetan antelopes are well protected in the area. In addition, China has established nearly 10,000 nature reserves, accounting for about 18 percent of the total land area.
So far, nearly 200 botanical gardens and 250 wildlife rescue and breeding bases have been established, with approximately 23,000 plant species and more than 60 endangered animal species preserved.
In the future, China will continue to advance ecological progress and plan its development in the context of promoting harmonious coexistence between man and nature, Xi said.
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