Yu Zhengsheng (4th R), chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, presides over a biweekly meeting on the establishment and management of natural conservation zones, in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 8, 2016. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)
BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's political advisors discussed the establishment and management of natural conservation zones at a biweekly meeting Thursday.
China established its first natural conservation zone in 1956.
Currently China is still at a stage of rapid urbanization and industrialization, facing much environment pressure and problems in managing natural conservation zones, according to the political advisors.
The political advisors said protection is the first principle in the management of natural conservation zones. They suggested moderately exploiting natural resources while improving protection of these zones, balancing economic development and environment protection.
They proposed piloting a program of national parks and increasing financial compensation for damages from construction projects.
Strict law enforcement to ban any development activities in forbidden natural areas was also suggested.
Suggestions were also raised on the protection of marine and aquatic organism, calling for protecting the source of China's major rivers, including the Yangtze River and Yellow River, through legislation.