Ecological red lines
Ecological red lines, also known as “ecological conservation red lines”, refer to space boundaries and environmental management limits that must be strictly observed in ecological conservation services, environmental quality and safety controls, and natural resources utilization in order to ensure national and regional ecological safety, sustainable economic and social development, and people’s health.
These lines are essential for securing China’s ecological safety, and must not be crossed. Otherwise the country’s ecological safety, people’s working and living conditions, and sustainable development will all be endangered.
The Chinese government is conducting research to delineate the red lines and provide institutional guarantees, so as to offer the best possible protection for a healthy environment. Once the mechanism of red lines is in place, it must be implemented throughout the country without fail.