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November has carried the focus of a “green” and sustainable China, with significant mile stones being reached in the environmental sector as regards climate change, by both the Jiangsu Green Building Development Conference and the National Forestry and Grassland Bureau.

Held in Nanjing from 19 to 21 November, 2018, a total of 12 eco-design projects from Nanjing and Wuxi won the 2018 Jiangsu Green Building Innovation Project Award during the conference.

According to Xinhua Daily, winners included the Zhongheng Design Group, the Digital Media Management Building of Wuxi Jiangnan University and the Yixing Cultural Centre.

The Provincial Science and Technology Development Centre, in cooperation with the German International Cooperation Agency, also issued a “Guideline for Low-carbon Development in Urban Areas of Jiangsu Province”.

Concurrent with the conference, the Jiangsu Province Future Architectural Design International Competition Awards Ceremony was also held, celebrating the coming together of sustainable design, research and technology.

Running for 6 months, the competition received nearly 100 entries from domestic and foreign universities, design institutes and individuals; a total of 26 works were awarded.

Elsewhere, the National Forestry and Grassland Bureau website has recently released a position paper outlining its intention to actively promote large-scale “land greening” actions; its main intent being to promote “social afforestation” and guide both public and private institutions as to participation in “land greening” (the planting of trees and plants).

The proposal puts forward plans to further accelerate the greening and beautification of production areas, office spaces, living areas, roads, railways, river channels, dams, etc., by scientifically planting green vegetation and building more eco-friendly, sustainable structures.

The National Forestry and Grassland Bureau proposes to develop mixed ownership of afforestation responsibility, explore state-owned farms and enterprises, and encourage new businesses to revitalise forest resources. 

At the same time, the organisation hopes to mobilise state-owned, private and foreign enterprises, as well as collectives, individuals, social organisations and other social forces to gather together and participate in a “national greening”. The organisation will strive to build 12,000 afforestation cooperatives and absorb more than 100,000 people to participate in ecological engineering construction initiatives, by 2020.

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Renée Gray Beaumont
As an Australian journalist living in Nanjing for many years, Renée Gray Beaumont has a background in research, print and online publishing, taking great pleasure in discovering more about Nanjing with every article. 作为在南京居住多年的澳大利亚新闻工作者,Renee Gray Beaumont 有着调研以及印刷品和线上出版物的工作背景。她总是乐于在每篇文章里发现关于南京的内容。