China grapples with Yangtze River protection
SHANGHAI, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Officials from Chinese legislatures, law-enforcing and judicial organs and experts gathered at a forum here with hopes of finding effective solutions to harness the grave situation facing the Yangtze River environmental protection.
At the forum held from Wednesday to Thursday on the procuratorial work in facilitating the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the participants extensively discussed mechanisms to jointly protect the mighty Yangtze through working together and intensifying regional coordination.
From January to October, prosecutors in the 11 provinces and municipalities along the Yangtze River Economic Belt have filed indictments against 17,591 people in 9,969 cases on suspicion of damaging the environment or resources, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP).
The SPP also made public 12 typical cases related to protection of sources of drinking water, forested land, banks of the river, as well as closure of illegal docks on the mainstream of the Yangtze.
"The SPP has identified serving the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt as one of its top priorities," said Qiu Xueqiang, vice procurator-general of the SPP, noting that the SPP has set up a coordination mechanism to pool efforts from prosecutors along the river.