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11.19.2013 18:52

Drawing a Red Line on Protecting the Environment

The central government wants to map out ecological areas where development is prohibited, but there are major divisions over how this should be done
By staff reporter Wang Ling

(Beijing) – In 2000, when scholar Gao Jixi and his team were helping the government of Anji County, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, address environmental issues he proposed the concept drawing an "ecological red line" around an area to be protected.

The county's leaders liked the idea. They spent 50 million yuan to move companies out of the area they set aside for environmental protection.

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