The 6th Meeting of RCEP 4C: Opening remarks of Linda Wong
2021/6/23 16:49:00 本站

Distinguished participants,

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this meeting to discuss “Biodiversity Impact and Solution of Wastewater”.

I appreciate the effort of those of you who are waking up early or staying up late to join us despite the time difference.

I am very glad to see that this workshop has attracted participants to share your views with us, with representatives of Wildlife Watch Group, Waterkeeper Alliance, Green Zhejiang, Hong Kong Environmental Protection Association and participants from civil society and research institutes.

As you all know, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) is a leading nationwide non-profit public foundation and a social legal entity dedicated to biodiversity conservation and green development. It is an independent NGO on environment, biodiversity conservation, sustainability and CCAfa (“Community Conservation Area”).

Its Main working areas of the CBCGDF include: (1) Biodiversity conservation; (2) Community Conservation Areas (CCAfa); (3) Environmental Governance and Environmental Public Interest Litigations (EPIL); (4) Volunteers; (5) Promotion of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; (5) Culture-based and Faith-based Conservation, featured by indigenous people and communities’ participation; (6) Green Lifestyles; (7) Reduce & Pick-up Plastics Initiative; (8) Climate Change; (9) Good Food (plant-priority) (10) Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade & Crimes; (11) Green Youth Network and Green Children Educational Bases; (12) Recycle & Repurpose Used Clothing Initiative; (13) Ecological-friendly Belts & Roads Initiative (EBRs) ; (14) Wilderness; Connectivity; (15) Sustainable livelihood; (16) Clean and biodiversity-friendly energy; (17) Policy Advisory & Think-tank; etc.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a free trade agreement initiated by Indonesia between the Asia-Pacific nations of Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

To better address the promotion and progress of RCEP, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has formally found the RCEP Committee on 18 November, 2020.

Water is the basis of life. Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between society and the environment. At the human level, water cannot be seen in isolation from sanitation. Together, they are vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, education and economic productivity of populations.Marine contributes to tangible benefits for local people and livelihoods of groups who closely rely on nature and rely on marine. It also provides sustainable, resilient opportunities for local and national economies. Wastewater, on the other hand, depletes our most valuable ecosystems, endangering species, undermining livelihoods.

Wastewater control is a complex challenge. This meeting provides a great opportunity for participants to provide ideas on biodiversity impact and solution of wastewater.

Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you again for your participation and I wish you all a very productive and successful series of discussions.

Thank you.

Written by Yanjun