At the eighth Provincial Environment Protection Conference held by Huibei provincial government in February 15, Xianning government took “strengthening the ecological civilization construction and building Xianning into an Eco-City in an all-round way” as its theme and government officials exchanged their opinions at the conference, which was about the main practices and work efficiency concerning how to firmly establish the ecological priority concept, how to constantly reinforce the basis of ecological civilization and how to accelerate the construction of ecologically livable city of Xianning.
Green mountains and clear waters are the greatest advantages and most precious treasures of Xianning. To change the advantage of backwardness into competitive advantage, to turn resource advantage into economic advantage and to transform environmental advantage into development advantage, Huang Chuping, the municipal party secretary of Xianning, reiterated that “The scientific development of Xianning will never go back to the old path of developing economy at the expense of the environment. We must dare to break new paths and try to avoid detours, and we should leave more heritages to our offspring and leave less regrets to ourselves.” Ren Zhenhe, the major of the city, also emphasized the importance of accelerating the construction of ecological civilization and the necessity of striving to make Xianning walk at the forefront among all the cities of the province in the development of low-carbon economy. The development orientation of making Xianning the most livable Eco-City with great vitality and charm of personality was established.
Under the correct leadership of the municipal party committee and the city government, we adhered to the principle of ecological priority in strategic framework of constructing south Hubei an economically strong city, further optimized the regional function layout and made the construction of “five cities and two districts” which is livable and business-friendly as the platform of coordination of urban and rural ecological environment protection, further adjusted the economic structure and made the “seven-areas-plus-one-district” which meets the requirements of “two oriented society”（resources saving society and environment friendly society）as the critical pillar of constructing south Hubei into an economic strong city. In the 12th Five-Year Plan of social and economic development, the city, based on the principle of the ecological priority, clearly put forward the following five strategies, including industrial rise, leaping-over development of tourism, coordination of urban and rural areas, ecological sustainability, and talent guarantee. We adhered to the principle of ecological priority in investment promotion and capital introduction undertaking industrial transfer and have realized the transformation from investment promotion and capital introduction to investment promotion choose endowment, and from policy investment promotion to environmental investment promotion. Any high energy consumption and emissions, polluting enterprise is resolutely refused. We adhered to the principle of ecological priority in the process of adjusting and optimizing the economic structure, comprehensively implementing cleaner production, actively developing circular economy and making great efforts to promote a low-carbon economy. We adhered to the principle of ecological priority in the development of characteristic economy during which we explored the suitable ecological agriculture mode which fits for the requirements of both natural conditions and economic development and we also actively implemented the demonstration project of “two cleans” (clean planting and clean breeding), “two reduces” (reduce chemical fertilizer and reduce pesticide application ), “two governs” (govern village environment and govern livestock and poultry pollution in a large scale ), and “two creates” ( create national environmentally beautiful village and create ecological village) in rural environment protection, vigorously developing eco-tourism.
In recent years, we had placed ecological construction and environmental protection on the high agenda, and effectively strengthened the organization leadership, and consistently enhanced the five “limits”: any construction project that does not meet the requirements of environmental protection will not be allowed to start; any heavily polluted and backward processing, technology, equipment, productive power and product will be eliminated; any county and city that cannot control its total emissions will be enforced regional restrictions; any industrial enterprise that is out of limits or discharge more pollutants than allowed will be suspended and controlled; any illegal and criminal behavior that destroys the environment will be punished severely. We have yearly implemented the environmental protection of Qianshan National Forest Park and Lushui river basins and the treatment of municipal sewage, carried out the construction of village “clear homeland”, Jingui Lake low carbon economic demonstration zone, Zishan Lake the new ecological cities, Xianning economic development zone and ecological parks. And we had enforced the comprehensive treatment of Xiliang Lake, futou Lake, huanggai Lake and some other major ecological environmental construction projects such as biomass power generation and garbage incineration power generation. And in a creative way, we have developed ten kinds of developing and selection green environment activities, that is green hospital、green market、green restaurant(hotel), green institution, green banking, green community, green family, green enterprise, ecological education base(school) and ecological village (town).
Under the joint efforts of all localities and departments in the city, Xianning had kept its stable environment quality, improved its city function, enhanced its environmental bearing capacity, advanced its city quality and constructed its eco pattern-clear water, blue sky, green mountains and beautiful buildings. It had eventually made an eco livable city that its citizens proud of, its guests satisfied, its strangers envy of and yearn for, and a characteristic of “sweet city, spring capital, a happy Xianning” more and more famous.
At the convention, the provincial government, along with all cities of Hubei province, signed an agreement called Responsibility Statement of Principal Pollutant Discharge Reduction in the Twelfth Five-Year Period.