IUCN recently welcomed a delegation of representatives from the Guizhou Province of China who are seeking closer collaboration with international organizations in pursuit of sustainable development.
Guizhou Province, which lies in the south west of China, has a distinctive landscape of Karst mountains and is rich in biodiversity. With a population of 35 million, the province faces challenges similar to those of many other regions such as balancing economic growth with environmental protection.
Welcome remarks were given by IUCN President, Zhang Xinsheng. These were followed by presentations on IUCN’s history and influencing potential by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and an overview of the Union’s work on nature-based solutions in relation to China by Deputy Director General, Poul Engberg-Pedersen.
The meeting closed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by head of the delegation, Li Jun, Vice Secretary-General of CPC, Senior Leading Advisor, Guizhou Provincial Government and Julia Marton-Lefèvre, aimed at promoting cooperation between the two parties on areas such as forest restoration and sustainable water management.
IUCN has a long history of cooperation with China and now has 20 Member organizations in the country. Several projects are underway including restoration of the Miyun watershed which supplies drinking water to Beijing.