“The Upgrading Version” of Chinese Environmental Protection Is Vividly Portrayed
By Jia Feng
During the 35 years since 1973, the Chinese staffs in environmental system have been building up from nothing, fighting bravely and do their best abilities under the situation of unsound system, in-abundant fund, which prevented many ecological disasters and social effects of pollution such as London Smog Episode, Minamata Disease and Bhopal Chemical Accident from happening in China.
However, the present status of low overall environmental quality and high total pollutants emission has not been turned completely, the conclusion of “environmental problem has not solved totally (Premier Wen Jiabao, March 14, 2006) made us feel more pressured. We used to list many reasons when talking about why we have so much difficulties such as “ the single GDP seeking of local governments by ignoring environment”, “week environmental legal enforcement and failed punishment for anti environmental laws”, “conflicting among environmental laws, rules, regulations as well as policies”, “too week environmental punishment leading to high cost on law keeping and low on anti-laws”, “unsound environmental institutions with week abilities as well as un-enough personnel workout”, “not enough investment”, “GDP growth exceeding expectation”, etc.. For the several decades, the environmental sector is used to appear as a puniness, which in another way gained the understanding and sympathy of the public.
Yet, as the list of the “goods” such as calling for strong environmental system, for heavy environmental law enforcement and managing measures as well as more investment turned up, and especially the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the PRC coming up, the central party, government and all of the common people will certainly give us higher expectation for solving these problems as soon as possible, and give the public a satisfying answer.
April 3,“2007 National Environmental Public Awareness Survey” is issued in Beijing, the results shows that environmental pollution has become the concerning focus for the public, it is just hehand medical treatment, employment, income gap, standing the 4th of the 14 social problems. The report demonstrates that the public is satisfied with the central government’s environmental laws and regulations as well as media publicity, but not with self-consciousness of businesses on environment, environmental awareness of the public and local governments’ environmental job.
The objective circumstance is changing which requires us to carry out a reform on subjective thought, knowledge level as well as managing methods in order to fulfill the “historical transfer” on environmental protection of China.
For instance, it is necessary changing the way of “ taking stopgap measures”, namely only revising specific laws or regulations when it is needed. It is necessary to hold a special conference for the Standing committee of NPC, to have an overall and concentrated revision of the main environmental laws and regulations. Only by this, can the puzzling phenomenon of “conflicting among environmental laws, rules, regulations as well as policies” be settled radically in order to keep the consistency among all the environmental policies and laws as well as regulations.
The new strategy requires us to widen our views, to surpass the limitation of sectors’ interests, to build up overall situation concept, to redesign and locate government’s environmental function on the basis of strengthening the public service principle；to open up the function of environmental departments to participate and coordinate macroscopic comprehensive decision making fully, to bring in innovative management, to build up a new environmental image, to develop and raise environmental brands, to set up performance assessment system, to promote the public participation further.
In order to open up a new environmental era, it needs to sort environmental protection out in China, to upgrade environmental system in the round. Only by this can the hope and great trust for the central party, state and the people not be let down, can we do our best in the Spring of Environmental Protection.
Looking forward to the early appearance of the “Upgrading Version”!