Four local implementation programs made by Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei province and Shanxi province on the basis of the overall plan of comprehensive management and ecological restoration of Yongding River were reviewed by Haihe River Water Conservancy Commission, Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) recently.
In March 2017, the overall plan of comprehensive management and ecological restoration of Yongding River was released, and on April 1, a mobilization meeting for advancing the implementation of the overall plan was held. Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei province and Shanxi province were assigned to make their own implementation programs at the meeting.
According to an official from Haihe River Water Conservancy Commission, MWR, the four implementation programs were reviewed into specific tasks with responsibility divisions and experts gave review opinions on goal congruence and rationality of the four programs after discussion.
It is learned that the four programs will soon be released and carried out after being modified according to the opinions and relevant departments will strengthen coordination to advance the implementation of the programs.
The guidance of the plan for coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has clearly proposed to promote the ecological management and restoration of “six rivers and five lakes”. As a major river of the “six rivers and five lakes”, Yongding River is an important water conservation area, ecological shelter zone and ecological corridor in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. Currently, it has several prominent problems like water resource overexploitation, poor environmental carrying capacity, serious pollution, river blanking, degradation of ecosystems and poor flood prevention ability in some sections, which have seriously hampered the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region’s economic and social development. The implementation of Yongding River’s comprehensive management and ecological restoration will speed up the construction of green ecological river corridors, which can be impetus for the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei coordinated development to make a breakthrough in the ecological field and also a leading role in improving the regional ecological environment.