Paving Way Marine Biodiversity Protection
Chinese lawmakers are taking decisive steps to safeguard marine biodiversity and fortify their commitment to environmental conservation. They are considering a draft law revision to enhance the protection of marine life and ecosystems, in line with their aspirations to bolster the nation’s maritime influence.
The proposed revision of the Marine Environment Protection Law is currently under scrutiny during its third reading at the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, China’s highest legislative authority. This revision seeks to improve the country’s capacity for investigating, monitoring, assessing, and preserving marine biodiversity while emphasising the critical importance of preserving and restoring vital marine ecological corridors.
A standout feature of the draft revision is its dedication to restoring damaged marine ecosystems with significant ecological, economic, and social value. This proactive stance underscores China’s commitment to mitigating the harm inflicted on its precious marine life.
Furthermore, the draft places a strong emphasis on maintaining rigorous control over the quality of the marine environment. It advocates for comprehensive measures to enforce strict management of pollutant discharge permits, ensuring strict adherence to the regulations governing the types, concentrations, and quantities of pollutants released.
In addition, the draft revision signals a determination to intensify penalties for illegal activities that threaten the marine environment, sending a clear message that environmental protection is a top priority.
This endeavour not only underscores the significance of protecting marine ecosystems but also serves as a shining example of global environmental responsibility.
The draft revision began with its first reading in December 2022, followed by the second reading in June of this year. Now, it awaits the crucial third reading, marking a significant step forward in China’s commitment to marine biodiversity preservation and environmental sustainability.
In the words of the Chinese lawmakers, “Our oceans are a shared treasure, and it is our duty to safeguard their health for current and future generations.”