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Chongming to pursue ecological development

HOPING to turn itself into a world-class eco-friendly locale, Shanghai's Chongming County will aim for environment-minded development in the coming decade, city officials said yesterday.

The guiding idea was announced yesterday with the release of an ecological construction outline for the island.

"Chongming is seeking an appropriate industrial form to realize an economic leap, and at the same time, not to cause ecological damage," said Zhao Qi, the county director.

Zhao said the new industrial ideal is to have value-added industries that can produce profits while being confined to limited areas of land.

Those include service businesses, tourism and exhibitions, among others.

In addition, Chongming will press for new methods of handling agricultural waste as it deals with environmental problems caused by farm production, such as fertilizer sewage runoffs.

The island has set up an ecological monitoring network, complete with a warning system on pollutants.

Monitor system

"Real-time supervision launched by authorities of water, greenery and public sanitation and land resources will give alerts when detecting pollution to the environment," said Fang Fang, vice director of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.

"So far we haven't found any violation."

Already moving in an eco-friendly direction, a low-carbon community is under construction at Chenjia Town, at the entrance of the Changjiang tunnel-bridge to the island.

"The town may achieve zero-carbon emission, because it's connected to the nearby farmlands that may work together in the system," said Zeng Gang, a professor from East China Normal University who participated in the construction plan.

Chongming was an isolated island that could be reached only by ferry until the Changjiang tunnel-bridge linked the island with Pudong New Area on October 31.

However, the shortcut to the island brought as many challenges as visitors; the island had 160,000 travelers on November 1.

Zhao, the county director, said the island was trying hard this winter, the tourist off-season, to build more parking lots, toilets and retail stores of agricultural and sideline products.


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