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In pics: China's active role in marine ecological protection

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BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) — The 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference closed in Lisbon, Portugal on July 1. More than 6,000 participants, including 24 Heads of State and Government, and over 2,000 stakeholders and representatives of civil society attended the conference, advocating for urgent and concrete actions to tackle the ocean crisis at the five-day conference.

Over the past decade, China has made strides in the conservation of marine ecology, prevention and treatment of marine pollution, and protection of marine biodiversity.

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Over recent years, the ecological environment has been improved in the Bohai Sea, as well as in marine areas around the Yangtze Estuary-Hangzhou Bay and Pearl River Estuary. However, pressure from pollution and ecological degradation continues to pose arduous challenges to the sustainable improvement of the marine environment from 2021 to 2025.

China aims to raise the proportion of excellent water quality in the three key marine areas by about 2 percentage points by 2025, compared with the 2020 level, according to an action plan jointly issued by the ministry and six other departments. In the meantime, risk prevention and emergency response capabilities in the marine areas will be significantly improved.

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Looking ahead, China is set to coordinate and promote maritime ecological protection and maritime economic development while safeguarding its maritime rights and interests, according to the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), a key blueprint for the country’s economic and social development.

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