African journalists briefed on China’s effort to Protect the Environment

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May 31, 2018

By Joseph S. Margai in Beijing, China

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Deputy Director General Zhang Jieqing (left) and Lu Diyin (right) briefing African journalists

The Chinese government, through the China-Africa Environmental Cooperation in the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), has taken the lead in ensuring that Africa’s environment is being protected from biodiversity loss, climate change, land degradation, water pollution, among other environmental problems.

This was disclosed to African journalists on Tuesday (29th May), by Lu Diyin, Programme Manager of the Asia-Pacific Division of MEE, in Beijing.

“China’s intervention in protecting Africa’s environment is in four areas – China-Africa Environmental Cooperation Centre, China-Africa Green Envoy Programme, China-Africa Green Technology Innovation Programme and Policy Dialogue and Research Project,” she said.

She revealed that the China-Africa Environmental Centre would be launched during the 2018 China-Africa Cooperation Forum Summit and the 7th Ministerial Conference.

Lu Diyin said MEE has organised more than 45 workshops from 2005-2017, providing training courses for more than 1,500 officials from Africa, adding that the training topics covered a wide range of environmental protection areas such as water pollution and water resources management, ecological, environmental protection management, urban environmental management, and environment impact assessment management.

“In the area of China-Africa Green Technology Innovation Programme, we were obliged to implement the Johannesburg Action Plan (2016-2018) and recommend environmental technologies and equipment applicable to African countries to promote China’s green investment in Africa. We have been focusing on sewage processing and re-use technology equipment,” she said.

According to her, China would also embark on drinking water safety safeguard technology equipment, solid waste management treatment, disposal and comprehensive utilisation equipment, and motor vehicle exhaust monitoring equipment in African countries.

She explained there was a nexus of environmental policy interaction and dialogue between China and Africa, adding that, “the China-Africa Environmental Cooperation Centre is a vehicle for environmental industry, technology information exchange and technical cooperation between the both parties.”

Deputy Director General of China-ASEAN Environmental Protection Centre, Zhang Jieqing, said the Chinese government believes in ecological and environmental Cooperation with Africa.

She said that in a bid to ensure Chinese investments in Africa do not pollute the environment where they operate, they have been inviting owners of companies to attend several environmental summits in China in order to get a better understanding of various environmental issues.

“China was urged to move into action because of the problems of desertification and drain of water from the soil in the world. And we adopted the ecological civilization and we have been working very hard to harmonise development between ecology, nature and the environment. Human and nature are unified part of life and human beings must respect nature,” she said.

Zhang said China has been a major contributor in the global ecological civilization, noting also that animal preservation areas have been increased while desertification has been drastically reduced.

She said China has gone ahead to curb air pollution in the country and increased the number of the man-made forests across China.

“We are robustly implementing the national climate change plan from 2014-2020. We have banned the use of charcoal and replaced it with natural gas in Beijing. We have eliminated old automobiles from the market so as to reduce the exhaust emission that was polluting the air,” she noted.

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African journalists being briefed about China’s intervention in Africa’s environment at MEE

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