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Zhoushan's sustainability efforts earn UN recognition

Updated : 2023-06-08 (


A bird's-eye view of the net-zero carbon park in Ma'ao village, Dinghai district, Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account: zjzsqdxq] 

A report illustrating the sustainable rural vitalization efforts in Dinghai district, Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province, was released at the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (or Habitat II) in Nairobi in Kenya on June 6.

The report, which was written by a research team from Tongji University, outlined the district's planning ideas for rural vitalization and its implementation process by analyzing 30 practices.

Bruno Deken, the acting regional representative for the Asia-Pacific Office of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, said at the conference that the district's unique path to integrating rural vitalization and net-zero carbon goals will provide valuable experience to the world's other coastal areas.

The district has implemented a series of measures, including a campaign to build demonstration villages featuring low-carbon transformation and upgrading, and has built a net-zero carbon park in its Ma'ao village.

The sustainable facilities not only improved the living environment in the district's rural areas, but also attracted flocks of tourists, which will in turn bolster rural tourism, said a local official.

The conference was held from June 5 to 9, focusing on agendas related to adequate housing for all and sustainable human settlements.