The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Ecological Protection Law丨Jinfeng Ecocivilization Talks No.149
2022/6/17 14:11:00 本站

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is an important ecological security barrier area in China and even in Asia. On May 6, 2022, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress listed the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Ecological Protection Law as a bill to be reviewed for the first time. In view of the significance the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Ecological Protection Law, Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), recently gave the following speech during the interview.


The Importance of Ecological Protection Legislation on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Zhou Jinfeng said that the current situation of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau should be analyzed from two major aspects. The first aspect is global warming and the loss of global biodiversity in the global context, due to the excessive "carbon emission" in the era of human industrial civilization, development has led to a warming climate, which has caused dramatic changes in glaciers, wetlands, permafrost, and rainfall.

At the same time, the loss of biodiversity due to the continuous expansion of human beings has a huge impact on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Habitat changes brought about by climate issues and the direct impact of human factors have put the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in the same era of biodiversity mass extinction as the rest of the world. The climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, and the impact on the huge role played by the Asian Water Tower on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau have made the situation on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau particularly acute and the overall situation urgent.

Legislation is the basic framework for the ecological civilization

Zhou Jinfeng said that legislation is no doubt the base for ecological civilization. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau ecological protection legislation, from a basic level, means taking ecological civilization idea as the guiding ideology.

On this premise, we must also recognize the damage caused by man-made construction to nature, and recognize that changes in the distant environment are also a major damage to the modern ecological environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

In particular, any project construction on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau should be guided by the thought of ecological civilization, with biodiversity assessment as a premise. Whether it is the construction of national parks or the production, living, construction and development of local people, it must be decided by such a basic legal framework.

Several Suggestions on the Legislation of Ecological Protection of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

How to pass legislation to truly protect the ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau? Zhou Jinfeng believes that specific legislative proposals should be presented in two aspects.

One is the three axioms, namely the basic laws and theorems of the "non-proliferation" axiom, the "do no harm" axiom and the "sufficient publicity" axiom. For example, the sacred mountain and holy lake on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau contain certain chemicals due to natural reasons. If we measure it according to a unified and comprehensive standard, some elements in the water may exceed the standard, which is fine and shouldn’t be “purified” in any way. The protection and management of the environment must follow the three axioms and respect the actual situation of the local ecological environment.

The other is the four principles, namely the conservation principle, the natural principle, the limited principle and the macro principle. Ecological restoration must adhere to the four principles. For example, in many high-altitude areas, trees are difficult to grow. This place is not suitable for us to protect and restore the ecology by planting trees. We must highly respect and study the biodiversity of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and then use this to formulate relevant laws and implementation rules.

It is important to protect biodiversity and pay attention to people's long-term production and life, but now has reached a critical moment when we should give enough protection to prevent the inertia of industrial civilization from damaging the ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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Translator: Stan


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