At the opening ceremony of the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the guests at the meeting adopted a short film titled “Elephant Going to Yunnan” to relive the wild Asian elephant herd spanning more than half of Yunnan after 17 months Experience the vivid portrayal of the achievements of biodiversity conservation in China and Yunnan Province. In the margins of the meeting, Danish Ambassador to China Ma Lei praised China’s calm and timely response in an interview with the Global Times.
△On June 7, 2021, unmanned aerial vehicle monitors of the Yunnan Provincial Forest Fire Brigade observed the suspension of migration of wild elephants. This is the first time in the 12 days that wild elephants have been monitored. (Photo/Visual China)
“Elephants are large animals. They may cause a lot of trouble when they come to human habitats, but China’s response is very impressive.” Ambassador Ma Lei said that the local area of Yunnan was tracked and monitored in time, and residents were evacuated in advance. At the same time, they also respect elephants. The right to survival paved the way for their smooth “home” and ensured the safety of humans.
In Ma Lei’s view, the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity can be regarded as the most important conference in the field of biodiversity in the next 10 years. As the host country of this conference, China is also one of the 12 countries with the richest biodiversity in the world. This in itself sends a strong signal to the world, “China’s leadership attaches great importance to biodiversity issues, and other countries in the world It should also be taken seriously.”
When talking about China’s contribution to the protection of global biodiversity, Ma Lei said that China is leading the world in afforestation and has achieved great results, and its experience is worth learning from other countries.
According to the white paper “China’s Biodiversity Conservation” published by the State Council Information Office on the 8th, between 2009 and 2019, the country’s afforestation area exceeded 70 million hectares. About 25% of the newly added green area in the world from 2000 to 2017 came from China, and its contribution ratio ranks first in the world.