Political advisor calls for improved ecology observation on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

BEIJING (Xinhua) – A national political advisor yesterday called on authorities to improve the ecology and environment observation system of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Jiang Zuojun, Vice Chairperson of the Zhigong Party Central Committee, proposed to build a large ecological observation system and a national laboratory on environment and climate change of the plateau, in remarks at a plenary meeting of the second session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee.

With a special focus on monitoring glaciers and frozen soil, the observation system could integrate the existing observation sites and build a new batch of unmanned observatories to carry out perennial observations, Jiang said.

The carbon and water cycles should be integrated into the observation system, while monitoring stations on biodiversity should be added, he noted.

The national lab will be tasked to coordinate and advance domestic monitoring, scientific research and international cooperation to enhance China’s comprehensive capability of scientific research on environment and climate change, Jiang said.

He also called on related agencies to strengthen scientific research on ecological security, disaster risk assessment and prediction, and increase support for optimising the construction of ecological security barrier system.