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The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress | The second-instance protection responsibilities of the draft of the Wetland Protection Law are more clear_Provisions

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Original Title: Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress | The second-instance protection responsibilities of the draft Wetland Protection Law are clearer

The second review of the draft wetland protection law was submitted to the 31st meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress for deliberation on the 19th. The second review of the draft further improved the definition and protection scope of wetlands, reflecting the responsibilities of relevant departments and township people’s governments in wetland protection.

On January 20 this year, the draft of the Wetland Protection Law was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for deliberation. After the meeting, after soliciting opinions from all quarters of the society, the second draft of the draft was formed.

It is understood that the second review of the draft has researched and perfected the definition and protection scope of wetlands. It is clear that wetlands refer to natural or artificial, perennial or seasonal water areas and water areas with significant ecological functions, including water depths not exceeding six meters at low tide. Excluding the paddy fields and artificial waters and tidal flats used for aquaculture. On the basis of the implementation of the wetland list system, regulations on the scope of wetlands have been added.

On October 18th, teachers and students of Xingyao School of Yunda High School Affiliated to Kunming City, Yunnan Province walked through the green spaces of the Baofeng Peninsula wetland.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Jiang Wenyao

The draft stipulates that the competent department of forestry and grassland under the State Council shall be responsible for the supervision and management of wetland resources; the relevant departments of the State Council such as natural resources, ecological environment, water conservancy, agriculture and rural areas shall be responsible for wetland management, protection and restoration in accordance with their duties. The second review of the draft further reflects the responsibilities of relevant departments and township people’s governments in the protection of wetlands, and increases the responsibilities of water administrative departments for river and lake wetlands, natural resources departments for coastal wetlands, and housing and urban-rural construction departments for urban wetlands. The second review of the draft also added provisions that the township people’s government and neighborhood offices organize the masses to do a good job in the protection of wetlands in their jurisdictions, and village committees and residents committees will provide assistance.

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The second review of the draft adds provisions on the approval of temporary wetland occupation by construction projects, and it is clear that construction projects that require temporary wetland occupation should be handled in accordance with relevant laws and regulations such as the Land Management Law, Water Law, Forest Law, and Grassland Law. The period of temporary occupation of wetland shall generally not exceed two years, and permanent buildings shall not be constructed on the temporarily occupied wetland.

In addition, the second-review draft also appropriately increased the amount of fines for unauthorized occupation of important national wetlands and severe damage to natural wetlands, and increased penalties. (Reporter Hu Lu)Return to Sohu to see more

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