The Asian Development Bank recently presented the newest issue of its Country Environmental Analysis (CEA). The report “Toward an Environmentally Sustainable Future: Country Environmental Analysis of the People’s Republic of China” is the result of a joint effort between ADB, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, the National Development and Reform Commission, and different research and technical institutions.
The purpose of this report is to offer an update on China’s environmental assessment, proposing a new range of policies and programs seeking to improve environmental quality, to reduce the effects of the new and emerging sources of pollution and to face the challenges to natural resources management in this country.
Since 2007, ADB has been preparing the CEA reports for China. The objective of this multiyear program is to provide assistance to the Chinese government in addressing priority environmental problems, such as pollution control and energy efficiency. Many of the recommendations of the reports have been adopted by the government, but more needs to be done. As the 2012 report indicates, even though China’s policies contribute to improve the environment in some regions, the overall situation continues to deteriorate as environmental pressure increases.
The Country Environmental Analysis reports evaluate the critical elements to ensure environmental sustainability, review the visions for the future and articulate the role of the ADB in achieving the different objectives.