A landmark law has been passed to protect the Yangtze River, one of the most popular rivers in China and the third-longest river . This landmark law aims to restore the waterway and its tributes.
A Standing Committee passed nine chapters of legislation with 96 different provisions for the river system. This bill is the biggest environmental protection bill the Chinese rivers have ever seen. It will become effective from March 1.
Chemical pollution, siltation, chronic overfishing, and damming have all had a negative impact on one of the great rivers of the world. This law seeks to see if the Yangtze River can recover. All government departments must incorporate this ecological protection law into their economic and social development plans.
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This also includes banning fishing activities on all waterways of the river and also its feeder lakes, estuaries, and tributaries. Any proposed chemical projects close to the river will be prohibited, and existing ones will be prevented from expanding.
Other industries causing pollution will have to move while sand mining on the Yangtze banks will be restricted. The Yangtze is one of Yunnan’s three parallel rivers and passes through the most iconic Chinese landscape.
This river homes aquatic species such as the Yangtze sturgeon, the finless porpoise, Chinese alligator, etc. These species may recover if this law is put in place.