China adheres to the concept of green development and attaches great importance to biodiversity protection, Wang Wenbin Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said Friday.

Wang Wenbin made these remarks in response to a question about how China is to exchange experience and cooperate with the international community on biodiversity.

British Scientific Journal Nature on Wednesday published an editorial saying that the continuous loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems have a profound impact on human well-being and survival. The editorial said that Chinese researchers have valuable experiences in biodiversity protection that the world needs to hear about.

Commenting on the editorial, Wang said that China attaches great importance to green development.

“The Chinese government adheres to the concept of green development, puts the construction of ecological civilization in the same important position as the construction in economic, social and cultural sectors, and attaches great importance to biodiversity protection.

We have released more than 40 documents to continuously increase the efforts to protect ecological space, with the focus on ecological preservation and restoration, which provide solid legal and policy guarantees for the protection of biodiversity,” said Wang.

China completed afforestation of 71.307 million hectares from 2009 to 2019, leading the world in increasing forest resources over the same period, said Wang.

He added that from 2000 to 2017, more than a quarter of the new green land in the world came from China, making China the world’s largest contributor to global afforestation growth.

“While promoting domestic biodiversity conservation, China is deeply involved in international exchanges and cooperation, taking the lead to sign and ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), proposing the establishment of the Belt & Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition, carrying out exchanges and cooperation on environmental protection with more than 100 countries, implementing a large number of cooperation projects on biodiversity, and pushing constructively forward the global biodiversity governance,” said Wang.

“The United Nations will hold the Biodiversity Summit on Sept. 30. President Xi Jinping will attend the summit and deliver an important speech. As the host of the 15th Conference of Parties to the CBD (COP15), China will make elaborate preparations for the convention and actively share practice and experience in biodiversity conservation.

On the premise of adhering to the principles of openness, transparency and driven by parties, China will encourage all parties to expand consensus and meet each other halfway, promote the accomplishment of the ambitious, balanced and pragmatic post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, so as to form a more equitable and rational biodiversity governance system with each party to its ability,” he added.