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Green: the Identity of Hunan

Writer: Time:2010-03-04
From: http://www.enghunan.gov.cn/

On a day in October, 2009, Liang Jiankai, a businessman of Foshan city, Guangdong province, took a boat trip along the Xiaoshui River, one of the major branches of the Xiangjiang River for a business tour to Ping Island. Fascinated by the green waves and mountain greeneries, the businessman succumbed to the temptation of having a good swim in the river, as no such crystal clear water can be found in the keen swimmer's hometown anymore. After the tour Mr. Liang made an investment of 40 million yuan (about 6.02 million USD) for the tourism development in the area.

This anecdote is more than enough to illustrate the charm of the green hills, and the clear rivers nourished thereby. By the end of 2009, the forest land area in Hunan reached 194 million mu (about 12.93 million hectares), an increase of 1.76 million mu (about 117.33 thousand hectares) over 2006, the newly added forest storage volume totaled 4.51 million cubic meters and the forest cover rate amounted to 56.43%. All these amazing achievements have benefited from Zhou's persistent pursuit for a green world.

Since taking office in Hunan province, Zhou Qiang is always urging all the cadres to protect the green hills and clear waters in the same way as they take care of their eyes. Zhou, provincial governor at the time, has devised relevant policies himself that concern "preserving green hills and clean rivers and increasing forest cover rate" as one of the four bottom lines of social and economic development, marking the beginning of the 'Green Hunan' endeavor.

Zhou has a deep understanding of a famous Mencius saying "Those who own some properties tend to act on moral principles". Inspired by this saying, he realized that the key to increasing forest coverage lies in stabilizing forest rights, ensuring farmers' interests and mobilizing them to plant more trees. Therefore, he made vigorous efforts to advance the reform of collective forest rights and acted as head of the leadership group of this reform. Through such an effort, forest farmers have been permitted to circulate or transact the ownership of forest land. They also gained the access to forest land contracts after they received the Forest Land Utilization Certificate. At the end of 2008, Zhou conducted an in-depth investigation in the forest areas in western Hunan's Huaihua city and discussed with local forest farmers about the forestry reform in the province. Distributing quotas of forest tree-cutting to individual villages and households was listed as a project for the people's practical benefits of the Hunan Provincial People's Government. Forest farmers' interests were given prime importance to ensure they will benefit from the orderly cutting of trees of their own.

One year later, Zhou arrived in Huaihua again to make an on-site inspection on the implementation of forestry reform policies in Xinhuang, Huitong and Jinzhou counties of the city. Guan Shudong, a forest farmer in Daping Village of Dongping Township in Xinhuang County who gained an income of 10,000 yuan from his forest land, emotionally shook hands with Zhou on his threshing ground when Zhou visited the village. "It's the good policies that bring my land back to life." said the farmer with gratitude. His delight, emotions and happiness was felt by everyone present there.

As an Earth Laureate, Zhou Qiang cherished a special feeling for forests. In 2008, south China experienced a rare blizzard disaster, seriously devastating the forestry in the province. The forest coverage of the province dropped by 3.46% and the reserve forest destroyed totaled 81.84 cubic meters that year.

A grim weight lay on Zhou's heart when he witnessed tall and elegant trees fell down from the middle of their trunks and got buried under the heavy snow. But disasters and difficulties had no impact on the resolve and determination of Hunanese. All the people in the province under the leadership of Zhou immediately started the reconstruction of ruined forests. His good faith and determination won the trust and supports from all sides. The national on-site conference on the post-disaster reconstruction of forestry was convened in February, 2008 in Chenzhou, a city worst hit by the disaster in Hunan Province. Despite the chilling weather, Zhou, then governor of Hunan Province, and Jia Zhibang, minister of the State Forestry Administration of the People's Republic of China planted dozens of trees without rest at the site of the meeting. Beads of sweat on their foreheads and their strong figures bolstered people's faith and courage in the recovery of forestry after the disaster.

Zhou has also laid special emphasis on the urban afforesting and greening program and proposed to build Hunan into the most livable and environmentally friendly province in central China.
At Hunan's Forestry Working Conference in Nov. 2009, Zhou clearly described the blueprint on the Construction of Ecological Environment of the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan (CZT) City Cluster in his work report. According to the blueprint, measures will be taken to strictly protect the CZT's core ecological district including the Yuelu Mountain and Hunan Provincial Botanical Park in Changsha and the Zhaoshan Mountain in Xiangtan City. These measures are taken to increase the 'vital capacity' of the city cluster's forest coverage by more than 45%. It will be conducted through the expansion of forest areas and the carbon sink capacity of forests to strengthen 'kidney' function of the CZT by reducing the discharge of major pollutants, improving water supply and protecting wetlands of the Yangtze River, the Xiangjiang River and other rivers.

Zhou is deeply concerned about making the world greener. After becoming Secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee in 2010, Zhou proposed to promote 'Green Hunan' symbolizing the province's efforts to strive for the building of 'Two-oriented' Society, the most distinctive logo, the most influential brand and the most competitive resource of the province. This 'Green Hunan' icon not only indicates the province boasts beautiful scenes and good ecological environment but also represents the province's initiative in promoting green development and green economy in essence. Zhou also called for Hunan to develop green industry with dedicated efforts, to advocate green consumption and to establish green industrial infrastructure. He emphasized on more green growth strategies and consumption patterns in a bid to fulfill the ambitious target of green industry in the province.