Green Growth Underpins High-quality Development
At the annual two sessions this year, two deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress from the core area of Jianghuai Ecological Economic Zone shared their understanding and practices of building ecological civilization with the Xinhua Daily.
In recent years, Huaian has firmly upheld the idea of “Ecology First” in developing its economy. Cai Lixin, an NPC deputy and also mayor of Huaian City, said Huaian aims to become a water town featuring ecological tourism to sustain high-quality growth, with its top priorities on good planning and maintaining rigorous pollution controls.
NPC deputy Li Sheng, also Party chief in Juxian Village of Suqian’s Shuyang County, said green has long been the basic color of Suqian City, which adopted ecological growth as its development strategy. Suqian has placed priorities on building the ecological environment in Luoma Lake, Hongze Lake and Santai Mountain in recent years.
To turn ecology into growth opportunities, Cai Lixin said Huaian has an array of outstanding agricultural brands accredited by the country’s agro-product geographical indications. The city will host its first international food exhibition to turn Huaian into an agricultural powerhouse and a culinary capital while making use of its rich tourism resources to launch new projects and establish a comprehensive tourism industry.
Amid efforts to turn ecology into growth opportunities, economic development will also rely on ecology. Li Sheng said Subei Flower Company in Juxian Village uses clean production means, replacing chemical fertilizer with farmyard manure and collecting the used plastic membranes in a green production model.
Cai also described the unique experiences of Huaian in building an ecological civilization. The city rolled out a catalogue for industrial restructuring that gives a breakdown of industries to receive support and those under restrictions. At the same time, Huaian promoted green, prefabricated construction, reduced noise and dust pollution, and also encouraged locals to use public transportation or new-energy cars.