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BRI leads global battle against environmental challenges:conservationist

2019-04-11 13:54:44 xinhua

A new sustainable development model with humanity in harmony with nature, which China has been promoting via the Belt BRI, will be key to achieve an ecological civilization worldwide.

by Xinhua Writer Luan Xiang

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- A new sustainable development model with humanity in harmony with nature, which China has been promoting via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will be key to achieve an ecological civilization worldwide, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) expert.

"The Belt the Road Initiative that has been called for by Chinese leadership is very important for pushing for green, healthy, intelligent and peaceful actions in this century," Jean-Paul Paddack, Executive Director for Network Development at WWF said in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua in Beijing.

China has also provided guidance and action plans on promoting the greening of the Belt and Road Initiative and cooperation in ecological and environmental protection within the framework, he pointed out.

China has been playing a key role in nature and biodiversity conservation for a long time, noted Paddack, stating that China's building of an ecological civilization is very much aligned with WWF's idea of sustainable development of humanity in harmony with nature.

"Globally, more ambition is needed to not simply halt loss but to reverse the trend of biodiversity decline. Given China's huge economic scale, growing impact and power, increasing voice on international stage and willingness to lead some of the international agendas, we hope that China becomes a new leading power to increase ambition and save our earth," he said.

A GREEN BRI, KEY TO GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION

Recalling his first visit to China 20 years ago, Paddack spoke highly of China and the Chinese government's efforts in transforming the development model toward an eco-friendly, innovative and sustainable direction within the boundaries of the ecosystem.

Huge progress has been made in China in terms of protection of biodiversity, increasing the number of protected areas, expanded forest coverage and wider participation of actors in preserving the integrity of the biosphere, with high ambitions in reducing CO2 emissions, he said.

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