China Urges Preservation of Marine Ecosystems
Scientists and representatives of international organizations related to marine ecosystems called for the preservation of this environment, during the 33rd World Conference Pacem in Maribus (Peace in the Oceans) which ended today in this capital.
Coral reefs and mangroves that protect coastal regions from the effect of typhoons and other weather events are affected by inadequate underwater fishing, said Su Jilan in the two-day meeting of the China Academy of Sciences, quoted by the local press.
He added that overexploitation will destroy the living environment of marine organisms and will endanger the cities adjacent to such ecosystems.
Among the efforts of the Asian nation to protect that environment are the emergency plans and studies undertaken by the government of Qingdao, a city in Shandong province, on the spillage of pollutants by enterprises and industrial parks of marine exploitation, according to recent reports.
The event was organized by the State Oceanic Administration of China, the International Ocean Institute and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
More than 200 delegates attended the meeting, with the slogan: "Oceans, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Challenges of the Oceans and Coastal Cities."
This is the second time that Beijing hosts this important meeting. The previous one was in 1996.