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Chongming Island considers ‘smart’ industries like colleges, elder care

CHONGMING Island is thinking of creating smart industries like setting up universities and planning an elder care industry on the basis of its good air quality and healthy environment, a county official said today when releasing an eco-island international assessment report.

The evaluation was conducted by the United Nations Environmental Program at the request of Shanghai government, which seeks an international platform for exchanging ecosystem management and sustainable development concepts and practices.

According to Wang Zhijia, special adviser of the executive director of UNEP, the evaluation involved the society, economy and environment of the island, covering social life, culture, biological diversity, water, solid waste, low-carbon economy and energy efficiency, agriculture and green transport.

“It is the first such report UNEP has done and we hope it can be a reference for sustainable development,” he said.

During the next phase of development of Chongming Eco-Island, UNEP will provide technical support specifically on its focus areas of climate change, disaster preparation and management, ecosystem management, resource efficiency, chemicals and waste, and environmental governance.

Feng Zhiyong, deputy governor of Chongming Island, said the county, for one, is planning an intelligent industry based on universities, as the UNEP report suggested the establishment of a university city.

“We are working on an elder care industry, as Chongming has been noted for the longevity of a large number of its people,” he said. “It is not a simple project of building an elder care institute. We will build hospitals and rehabilitation units as well as other supportive facilities.”


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