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Changsha county wins new title in ecology

Updated: 2016-02-18

Changsha county in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, was recently awarded the title of “National Ecological County” by the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

It makes Changsha county one of the 22 regions in China and the first in Hunan to earn the title and also marks the beginning of the county’s construction of a national-level ecological civilized county.

In recent years, Changsha county has taken the lead in establishing the eco-compensation system, river clean-keeping system, rural environmental protection cooperatives, carrying out comprehensive treatment of rural environment and achieving full coverage of life wastewater treatment in rural areas.

The county contributes 3.8 percent of its GDP in the investment of ecological environment construction every year and has developed 80 percent of its towns and villages into national-level, provincial-level and municipal-level ecological-oriented areas.

According to Yang Yiwen, Changsha county secretary, the county is striving to have a higher green index. It is now vigorously developing zero carbon industry by investing 350 million yuan ($53.7 million) in constructing fast-growing grass planting bases and carbon sequestration processing centers. The county is also making efforts to accelerate the construction of local landscape engineering and ecotourism.

By Feng Lu and edited by Owen Fishwick
Source: Changsha Evening News