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UN-Habitat hails China's success in rehabilitation of urban rivers

2019-March-14       Source: Xinhuanet.com

China's success in rehabilitation of polluted urban rivers could serve as an inspiration to other developing countries where rapid growth of cities has negatively impacted on the health of fresh water bodies, a senior official from the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Tuesday.

Photo taken on March 12, 2019 shows the launch of a publication titled "Making cities sustainable through rehabilitating polluted urban rivers: Lessons from China and other countries", which was co-authored by the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and China's Tongji University, in Nairobi, Kenya. The publication was launched on the sidelines of the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA4) underway in Nairobi.The UN-Habitat has also partnered with Tongji University to develop a net zero carbon village guideline for China's Yangtze River delta region that will assist policymakers in coming up with strategies to hasten low carbon development. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

China's success in rehabilitation of polluted urban rivers could serve as an inspiration to other developing countries where rapid growth of cities has negatively impacted on the health of fresh water bodies, a senior official from the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) said on Tuesday.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, executive director of UN-Habitat hailed Beijing's bold actions that have boosted restoration of urban rivers amid threats linked to rapid industrialization.

"I applaud the efforts of the Government of People's Republic of China in developing technical, managerial and financial solutions to improve the water quality of urban rivers," said Maimunah.

She spoke during the launch of a publication titled "Making cities sustainable through rehabilitating polluted urban rivers: Lessons from China and other countries" which was co-authored by UN-Habitat and Tongji University located in Shanghai, China.

The publication that was launched on the sidelines of the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA4) underway in Nairobi says that adoption of technologies coupled with innovative policies have enhanced restoration of urban rivers in China.

Maimunah said that targeted pollution control measures combined with sound planning and effective governance have contributed immensely to environmental health of urban rivers in China.

"These experiences can be emulated by developing countries in formulating strategies for wastewater management and river rehabilitation," said Maimunah.

"It is our hope that policy makers in developing world will learn from China's experience by giving priority to sustainable waste water management and rehabilitation of heavily polluted urban rivers," she added.

The UN-Habitat has also partnered with Tongji University to develop a net zero carbon village guideline for China's Yangtze River delta region that will assist policymakers in coming up with strategies to hasten low carbon development.

Xu Zuxin, lead author of the publication and Professsor of school of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, said the rehabilitation of Suzhou Creek has proved that better management of drainage systems is key to controlling pollution discharged into rivers, both in dry and wet weather. Managerial and financial measures are also important to sustain a healthy environment for the whole river basin.

Wu Jiang, executive vice president of Tongji University said that a partnership with UN-Habitat will enhance sharing of knowledge and expertise required to boost ecological renewal of Chinese cities.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, executive director of UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), receives an interview with Xinhua at UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 12, 2019. China's success in rehabilitation of polluted urban rivers could serve as an inspiration to other developing countries where rapid growth of cities has negatively impacted on the health of fresh water bodies, Maimunah Mohd Sharif said on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

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