On December 26,Huang Qiang, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and Acting Governor of the People’s Government of Sichuan Province paid a trip to Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture to inspect local work on ecological conservation and high-quality development in regions along the Yellow River. During his inspection trip, he stressed to fully grasp and put into practice Xi Jinping Thought on Ecological Civilization and the principles from the 5th Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, the 8th Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, and the Economic Work Conference of the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and stick to the development path that prioritizes ecological conservation and is environmentally friendly. He also underscored to make an all-out effort to advance ecological conservation and high-quality development in regions along the Yellow River, conscientiously implement the strategic plans and requirements from the CPC Central Committee and the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee and actively respond to General Secretary Xi Jinping’s call for “making the Yellow River a source of people’s happiness” with solid action.
During his trip, he visited Hongyuan County’s Riganqiao Wetland Nature Reserve to inspect local work on planning, developing and managing the nature reserve, pursuing coordinated development of culture and tourism, protecting heritage of the Red Army crossing grasslands and other aspects, and paid respects and presented a bouquet to the monument in commemoration of the Red Army crossing grasslands. He then went to Songpan County’s Red Army Long March Memorial Monument Park where he toured the Red Army Long March Memorial Hall and inspected the construction of the Red Army Long March National Cultural Park. In the process, he emphasized to keep a tight rein on planning, design, demonstration and approval links concerning protecting and developing the “Red Culture” and ensure coordinated progress in the construction of the Zoige National Wetland Park and the Red Army Long March National Cultural Park. Besides, when he visited Hongyuan County, he also paid a trip to Dexiang Village in Waqie Town where he was briefed on local marshland and grassland desertification situation and relevant prevention and control work. During his visit, he stressed to adhere to the principle of limiting the number of grazing animals by the size of the pasture, further implement the measures on banning grazing, reducing the number of grazing animals and improving balance management between the number of grazing animals and the size of pasture, beef up efforts on solving grassland desertification and degradation problems, and speed up restoring the ecological environment of grasslands. Huang also visited Zoige County’s Tangke Town where he surveyed the first bend of Yellow River on the viewing platform, conducted field trips to the Yellow River to inspect ecological conservation work, and was briefed in detail on the construction of the Zoige National Wetland Park. In the process, he highlighted to prioritize ecological conservation, strengthen waste and sewage treatment capabilities, prohibit the setup of sewage outlets along Yellow River’s main streams and important tributaries and investigate violations of laws and regulations openly and secretly. He also emphasized to carry out solid work in planning and design, keep this stretch of the Yellow River unspoilt to the greatest extent and ensure the harmony between artificial architecture, landscape and facilities and nature. In the meanwhile, he said it is also necessary to improve transportation infrastructure and service facilities, innovate service methods and attract more tourists in the slack season.
During his inspection trip, Huang pointed out that advancing ecological conservation and high-quality development in regions along the Yellow River is a major national strategy that is designed and promoted by General Secretary Xi Jinping.As an important reservoir of water sources of the upper reaches of both the Yangtze River and the Yellow River and as a key ecological functional zone designated by the state, Aba Prefecture should heighten its political stance, shoulder the responsibilities brought by its geographical location and firmly uphold and proactively practice the concept that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”; seize the significant opportunities presented by the construction of the Zoige National Wetland Park, ensure satisfactory results in planning and preparation work with enhanced efforts, at a higher starting point and up to higher standards under the guidance of relevant departments and give priority to ecological conservation; enhance exploitation, protection and inheritance of the Yellow River Culture, Red Army Long March Culture, and Tibetan and Qiang ethnic cultures, tell the stories of the Yellow River in Sichuan well and construct the Zoige National Wetland Park from an international perspective and up to first-rate standards; advance the integrated development of ecology, culture and tourism, build a sound ecological shelter zone in the upper reaches of the Yellow River and enable farmers to better enjoy the fruit of our reforms and make the Yellow River a source of people’s happiness.
Zhang Yan, Secretary General of the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, and heads of relevant provincial departments were among the inspection team.