The students and faculty members of Soochow University attended the closing ceremony of “Grenoble Biennial -- Cities in Transition” recently. Yang Zhiping, Vice Mayor of Suzhou, was also present at the online session.
For the purpose of calling on youths from different countries to pay attention to ecological protection and urban sustainable development, the event was co-hosted by Grenoble, France and its sister cities including Suzhou, China, Essen, Germany, Sfax, Tunisia and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Grenoble is a famous green city in Europe. Last year, it was awarded by EU Commission as “European Green Capital 2022”. Grenoble was twinned with Suzhou in 1998.
At the invitation of the organizer, a team of teachers and students from Soochow University was nominated to participate in the Biennial. With the topic of “Construction of Historical Water Street in Suzhou”, they carried out extensive research and visits, and showcased the historical and cultural characteristics as well as livability of Suzhou historical water street to the participants from across the world.
Yang said, “Construction of ecological civilization is always the important key of the government work. Therefore, in the newly-issued “the Outline of the Fourteenth Five-year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of Suzhou”, there is one chapter of ecology and environment about green and low carbon and the promotion of harmonious coexistence between man and nature.”
“Suzhou will continue to strengthen friendly exchanges and cooperation with sister city Grenoble in various fields. It is suggested that relevant departments of the two cities hold special activities or carry out special exchanges under the framework of “European Green Capital 2022”, so as to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of ecological protection.” Yang added.
Suzhou''s efforts in protecting environment
Building 21 municipal-level (or higher) wetland parks
As a capital of wetlands, Suzhou has built 21 wetland parks of different kinds, which ranks the first among prefecture-level cities in China. The diversity of wild birds is an universally recognized gauge of a wetland’s ecological condition.
Shajiabang National Wetland Park
Nanhu Provincial Wetland Park
From 2015 to 2019, up to 100 more species of birds were discovered in Suzhou and the bird species in wetland parks have increased by 40 percent.
Tongli National Wetland Park
Kunshan Tianfu National Wetland Park
Adopting fishing ban and no-fishing area system in the Taihu Lake
Fishing was prohibited in the Taihu Lake from February 1 to August 31. In the meanwhile, fishing gear to be allowed in the lake during the autumn flood season were announced.
Taihu Lake Costal Scenery
A ten-year ban on fishing in the Taihu Lake entered into force on October 1, 2020.
Creating Yangtze River ecological shoreline
Planning and constructing the “No. 1 River-Flowing-Into-Sea Bay” in Zhangjiagang and Tiehuangsha Yangtze River ecological shoreline.
Changshu has invested RMB470 million yuan to in the construction and ecological restoration of Tiehuangsha since May, 2019 and the island has evolved from a barren sandbank into a wetland kingdom that boasts more than 160 species of birds, 60 species of fish and shrimps as well as over 100 wetland plants.
Advancing garbage sorting
Since the Regulations on Household Garbage Sorting in Suzhou was implemented on June 1, 2020, local governments, companies and residential communities have made a concerted effort to respond to the initiative and promoted the city’s cultural and ethical progress.
Deploying battery electric buses
According to the three-year plan of developing new energy buses in Suzhou city proper, the city has invested over RMB5 billion yuan and bought 2,682 battery electric buses from 2018 to 2020 in a bid to promote green traveling.
Issuing 14 preferential policies to support the green development of enterprises
Suzhou formulated 14 preferential policies to serve and support the green development of enterprises, which is a pioneering attempt in Jiangsu province. Designed to offer project-based targeted assistance to the enterprises, the policies mainly help the enterprises with such key issues as medical institute environmental management, mobile sources pollution, etc.
Adopting the “Joint River Chief” system to build Suzhou Bay into the most scenic part in the Yangtze River Delta
Located in Wujiang District, Suzhou Bay was a barren mudflat in the past.
In 2013, the local government began to construct the Suzhou Bay leisure area. Under the background of integrated development in the Yangtze River Delta, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai adopted the system of “Joint River Chief” to exercise coordinated governance over the rivers and lakes in the demonstration area.