From Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, the 2008 International Workshop on Biodiversity and Climate Change was held in Beijing. Vice Minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Mar. 11, press conference on the 1st session of the 11th NPC was held in Beijing. Vice Minister of NDRC Xie Zhenhua and MEP Vice Minister Zhang Lijun attended the meeting and answered questions on environmental resources, energy conservation and emission reduction.
On Mar. 14, MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing met a visiting delegation led by Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy Mark Burget. They exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in the field of protection of biodiversity.
On Mar. 15, the 5th plenary session of the 11th NPC was held in Beijing and passed the proposal for institutional reform of the State Council by votes, which founded Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
On Mar. 18, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with Ms. Katharina Reiche, Vice Chair of parliamentary groups of German Alliance Party and the delegation she led in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on issues concerning climate change and renewable energy.
On the same day MEP printed and issued Administrative Measures on Operation and Management of Automatic Monitoring Facilities of Pollution Sources in order to build up the three systems for pollution reduction and improve supplementary standards and policies.
On Mar. 21, MEP printed and issued circular on application for 2008 science and technology award of environmental protection so as to promote the country's research activities in environmental science and technology.
On Mar. 23, MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian met with President of Asian Development Bank Haruhiko Kuroda and the delegation he led in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on intensifying cooperation in the field of environmental protection.
On Mar. 24, national work meeting on environmental law enforcement of 2008 was held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian addressed the meeting. Vice Minister Zhang Lijun chaired the meeting and made specific arrangement on strengthened national environmental law enforcement. Participants of the meeting included principals of all departments of MEP and its environmental supervision centers, head of EPBs at provincial and municipal level, cities separately listed in state plans, sub-provincial cities and EPB of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and superintendents of environmental inspection departments.
From Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, National Work Meeting on Nuclear and Radiation Safety was held in Beijing. Vice Minister of MEP and National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) Li Ganjie attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Mar. 26, work meeting on industrial environmental and economic policies was held in Beijing. Vice Minister of MEP Pan Yue and Deputy Director of Economic Committee, National Committee of CPPCC and senior Vice Chair of China Federation of Industrial Economics Zhang Zhigang attended the meeting and made remarks.
On Mar. 27, the inauguration ceremony of Ministry of Environmental Protection was held in Beijing. MEP Minister Zhou Shengxian unveiled the plate and Vice Minister Pan Yue chaired the ceremony. Participants of the ceremony included Vice Minister Zhang Lijun, Wu Xiaoqing, Zhou Jian and Li Ganjie, leader of Discipline Inspection Group Fu Wenjuan, member of leading Party members' group Zhu Guangyao and staff from all departments and principals of affiliates based in Beijing.
On the same day, MEP Vice Minister Li Ganjie met with a delegation led by Joerg Wuttke, Chairman of EU Chamber of Commerce and exchanged views with them on strengthening cooperation in environmental protection.
On Mar. 28, MEP announced a list of sewage treatment facilities and desulphurization equipment for coal-burning units that had been put into operation in urban areas across the country by the end of 2007 in order to supervise the operation of these facilities.
On the same day, MEP printed and issued a circular on making correct use of supervision coefficient for the reduction of total pollutants in 2008, requiring compliance at all levels of EPBs in an effort to implement Measures on Calculating Supervision Coefficient for the Reduction of Total Pollutants (on trial).
On Mar. 31, a national work meeting on environmental science and technology was held in Suzhou. MEP Vice Minister Wu Xiaoqing attended the meeting.
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