On October 8, SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian signed No.41 Order, releasing the Decision on Abolishing and Revising Some Rules and Regulatory Documents, which become effect as of the date of release.
On the same day, SEPA approved the Technical Criteria on Control of Pollution Caused by Recycle and Reuse of Waste Plastics (on trial) as one of the national standards in environmental sector, which will become effect as of December 1, 2007.
On October 9, Premier Wen Jiabao signed No.508 Decree of the State Council, releasing the Regulations on Survey of Nationwide Pollutant Sources.
On October 10, SEPA, NDRC, Ministry of Finance and other two ministries printed and distributed the Notice on Intensifying the Water Pollution Control in the Songhua River Basin.
On October 12, SEPA released the Bulletin on Releasing the List of Present Rules and Regulations Formulated by State Environmental Authorities, making public the effective rules and regulations developed by State environmental authorities.
On October 15, the 17th National Congress of the CPC was unveiled in Beijing. Hu Jintao, CPC Secretary General stressed in his report that we should thoroughly carry out the scientific outlook on development, promote the sound and rapid development of the national economy, speed up the social construction that is pivoted around the improvement of people's livelihood, and place environmental protection at an important strategic status. There appeared an upsurge of learning the guidelines of the reports of the 17th CPC National Congress amid the environmental system nationwide.
On the same day, SEPA formulated the Measures on the Annual Assessment of Environmental Supervision (on trial).
On October 17, Vice Minister Zhang Lijun met with Spanish Environment Minister Mrs. Cristina Narbona in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on matters of water resources conservation, cleaner energy, and climate change.
On October 17-18, SEPA and Yunan provincial government hosted the International Forum on Biodiversity -"Colorful Yunan" in Kunming. Governor of Yunan Province Qin Guangrong sent a congratulatory letter to the Forum. Li Ganjie, SEPA Vice Minister presented the Forum and delivered remarks.
On October 23, SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian signed No.42 Order, releasing the Measures on the Inspection on Collecting Pollutant Discharge Fees, which would become effect as of December 1, 2007.
On October 24, the Workshop on Policy Mechanism for Achieving the 11th Five-Year Plan Environmental Targets of the China Council for Environmental Cooperation on Environment and Development was held in Beijing. Secretary General of the Council and member of the Party Committee with SEPA Zhu Guangyao, SEPA Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, Vice President of the Central Committee of Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party, member of the Standing Committee of CPPCC and Vice President of China Environmental Protection Foundation Wang Jirong presented the meeting and delivered remarks.
On October 25, the 7th World Conference on Sport and Environment was held in Beijing. Member of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, Secretary General of Beijing Municipal Party Committee, and the Chairman of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCGO) Liu Qi, Member of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, Mayor of Beijing, and the Executive Chairman of BOCGO Wang Qishan, Chairman of the International Organizing Committee for the Games of Olympiad Mr. Rogge, SEPA Minister Zhou Shengshan, and UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Deputy Executive Director Mr. Kakakel presented at the opening ceremony and made a speech.
On the same day, the 2nd meeting of the Coordinating Group of the Survey on National Pollutant Sources was held in Beijing. Minister Zhou chaired the meeting and gave a speech. Vice Minister Zhou Jian and Wang Yuqing, the Director of the Office of the 1st Leading Group of the Survey on National Pollutant Sources presented the meeting and delivered remarks.
On the same day, upon the approval of the State Council, SEPA printed and distributed the Outline of the National Plan on Protecting and Using the Biological Species Resources.
On October 25-26, the 8th Workshop on Environmental Education among China, Japan and Korea was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie presented the meeting and delivered remarks.
On October 26, Vice Minister Pan Yue met with the Austrian Ambassador to China in Beijing.
On the same day, Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Mr. Kakakel, the Deputy Executive Director of UNEP.
Also, the workshop on issuance of the Global Environment Outlook 4, which is organized by UNEP, was conducted in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie and Mr. Kakakel, UNEP Deputy Executive Director presented the workshop.
On October 29, China Environmental Culture Promotion Association and Rare-the renowned U.S. environmental organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation. SEPA Vice Minister and President of China Environmental Culture Association Pan Yue and CEO of Rare Mr. Brett Jenks were presented at the signing ceremony.
On the same day, 41 projects approved by SEPA were granted the "2007 Award of the Environmental Protection Science and Technology", including the Technology for Controlling the Total Amount of Air Pollutant in Regional Areas and the Demonstration Studies and the New Technology for Microbial Treatment of Toxic Waste Water Containing Ammonia Nitrogen and PAHs.
On October 30, SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Tang Yingnian, Director General of the Department of Political Affairs of HKSAR government and Qiu Tenghua, head of the Environment Bureau in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on emissions reduction, cleaner energy, air pollution control, and environmental industry.
On October 30-31, the 2007 annual meeting of All China environmental NGOs focusing on sustainable development was held in Beijing. SEPA Vice Minister Zhou Jian, Deputy Director of Committee of Population, Resources and Environment, CPPCC Zhang Qia, Vice President of All-China Federation on Trade Unions Dong Li, and nearly 500 representatives of environmental NGOs participated this meeting.
SEPA Minister Zhou Shengxian met with Mr. Henri Proglio, the president of Veolia Environment Group, France on October 31 in Beijing.
On the same day, Central Asia Regional Environmental Policy Dialogue & the Start-up Meeting of the Partnership on POPs Management was held in Beijing. Vice Minister Li Ganjie presented the meeting and delivered remarks.
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