Chao Liang: Water conservancy projects going ‘green’

From People’s Daily Online:

Additional funds budgeted for China’s projects will be spent in protecting water resources, rehabilitating ecosystems, ensuring drinking water security and increasing grain yields, officials have announced.

“For these purposes, water authorities will tighten up controls over investment programmes on projects to be built in the years ahead and keep an eye on any construction items with potential adverse impacts on the environment,” a leading water official said over the weekend.

Chen Lei, vice-minister of water resources, made it clear that his ministry will not file any applications for water projects with potential environmental issues that affect the legal interests or the livings of locals. “We will check capital spending plans for key hydropower projects to be built through relocating residents, taking over lands from them and making local ecosystems worse during their construction,” Chen promised at a conference on the matter.

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