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Green Room Event

Incorporating Ecosystem Approach into National Development Plans: The Case of China's Ecological Civilization Drive


Some of the keynote speakers during the Green Room Event. Left to Right: Mrs. Elizabeth Mrema, Deputy Director, UNEP-DEPI [L], Dr. Keshab Man Shakya, Honorable Minister, Nepal Ministry of Science Technology and the Environment [C], Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority [R].


China has been facing resource constraints, severe environmental pollution, and deteriorating ecosystems. In an effort to address and reverse these issues, the development of ecological civilization was given high priority during the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November 2012. It seeks to find a balance between humans and nature and in achieving long-term sustainable development. Hence, in 2009, China spent approximately 3.8% of its GDP to clean up the environment. With China being the largest developing country and second largest economy, its drive for ecological civilization will not only positively shift their own development path, but have a profound impact on the rest of the world in the implementation of the Rio+20 outcomes. This drive resonates the real need of the world to use ecosystem approach to enhance human well-being.

Held on Monday February 18, 2013 during the margins of the UNEP 27th Session of the Governing Council/Ministerial Environment Forum (UNEP GC 27/GMEF), the Green Room Event aimed to share experiences of incorporating ecosystem approach into national development plan and to promote ecosystem management in developing countries.

Approximately 100 people attended the event, including government delegates, representatives from IGOS, UN and other international and regional organizations, science community and media. Invited Panelists include: Dr Keshab Man Shakya – Honorable Minister, Science Technology and the Environment, Nepal. Dr Rose Mukankomeje Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority; Mr Dingding Tang – Director General, Ministry of Environment Protection, China; Dr Braulio Dias - Executive Secretary, Convention on Biodiversity, Mrs Elizabeth Mrema Deputy Director, UNEP-DEPI; and Dr Jon Hutton - Director, UNEP-WCMC. The event was moderated by Dr Jian Liu, Director, UNEP-IEMP.

Below are relevant documents from the Green Room Event, including the event poster, event report of key messages, and statements from the Director of the Convention of Biological Diversity, Dr. Braulio Dias and the Director General of the Ministry of Environment Protection, China, Mr. Tang Dingding.


1. Event Poster

2. Event Report - key messages

3. Statement - CBD Director, Dr. Braulio Dias

4. Statement - MEP Director General, Mr. Tang Dingding