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Zhou Shengxian Meets with President of Environmental Defense Fund

2013-04-26author:source:China Environment News

  CCICED Executive President and MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with a delegation led by Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today in Beijing. They exchanged viewpoints on issues of common concern.

  Minister Zhou first welcomed Fred Krupp on behalf of MEP and briefed the focus and challenges of China's environmental work in the new era and under the new situation. He noted that as a developing country with the largest population in the world, China has experienced fast economic growth but with serious environmental problems that broke out in a very short period of time in China whereas occurred to developed countries in the process of industrialization over 100 years. Currently, how to properly handle the relationship between economic growth and environmental protection becomes a tough issue. We must pursue a new path to environmental protection suitable to China, a path striving for environmental protection in the process of development and development in the process of environmental protection. Never can we afford to pursue economic growth at the cost of environment. Solving prominent environmental problems that endanger scientific development and people's health is on top of the agenda and focus must be put on water pollution, air pollution, chemical management and other problems that concern public welfare.

  Minister Zhou said that EDF has participated in the work of CCICED Phase III-V since 2005, provided very important support in terms of funds and experts and made positive contributions to CCICED. We hope that EDF will keep on its attention and support to CCICED, establish closer strategic partnership with CCICED and expand cooperation fields. And based on previous cooperation, both sides may explore collaboration on prevention and control of PM2.5, shale gas and environmental law enforcement, and jointly make more contributions to the sustainable development of China and the world as well.

  Fred Krupp thanked Minister Zhou for his welcome and expressed willingness to strengthen cooperation with China and share experience and technologies in the field of environmental protection.


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