By Ding Lu, William A W Neilson

Within the final twenty years, China's western inland quarter has principally been ignored of the nation's monetary increase. whereas its 355-million inhabitants debts for 28% and its land region for seventy one% of China's overall, the region's proportion of the nationwide GDP is lower than 20%. seeing that 1999, Beijing has applied the West China improvement application to spice up the region's progress. to review the most important household concerns and the worldwide implications of this software, the college of Victoria's Centre for Asia-Pacific tasks prepared and hosted a multidisciplinary overseas convention on March 6-8, 2003. This quantity of papers awarded on the convention bargains views at the concerns via prime specialists of diverse educational disciplines from China, Canada, the united states, and different international locations.

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36 Eco-Environmental Protection and Poverty-Alleviation Initiatives from the national level Major input for the program of "Returning Land to Forest" comes from the national fiscal budget. 4 yuan/kg) for 5 years (in the case of economic forest) and 8 years (in the case of ecological forest) or more years, with 20 yuan of cash for daily expense, and with 50 yuan for seeds and saplings. The government also encourages farmers to return more wasteland to forest and grassland. 2 million of workers of forest industry and several million of farmers.

The three e v e n t s m a r k e d the commencement of a new era, in which accumulated nationwide ecological destruction has begun to have a directly adverse effect on the people. Protection of the eco-system has become the first priority of national development. In 1999, the State Council promulgated the "Construction Plan for China's Ecological Environment". The Plan worked out short-term (from present to 2010), mid-term (from 2011 to 2030) and long-term (from 2031 to 2050) goals for the eco-environment construction in China.

In the mid-1990s, the Chinese government made "sustainable growth" the basic strategy of national development and began to pay comprehensive attention to environmental problems by publishing China's 21st Century Agenda - a white book on China's Population, Resources and Environment. The Agenda was the first government initiative to take an integrated perspective of the economy, society, resources and environment and contemplate these environmental and resource constraints and the potential crises facing China's development.

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