Measures will better protect Yangtze ecology, minister says

Ecological protection on the Yangtze River still face crucial challenges and more meas

ures will be taken for better protection of the area, said Li Ganjie, Minister of Ecology and Environment.

He said that over 160 severe ecological problems were identified in 40

-plus cities and counties in 11 provinces along the river during a four-month secret inv

estigation jointly carried out by the ministry and local authorities since last August.

This year, the ministry will continue to implement the action plan concerning the river’s prote

ction released in late January with the National Development and Reform Commission, according to Li.

“We have eight missions included with four new ones projected to start this year,” he said.