BEIJING, January 4, Xinhua -- Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng Friday urged reform and innovation in developing the nation's forestry and grassland sectors in an effort to build a better ecological environment.

Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, paid an inspection tour to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration Friday, focusing on the afforestation, protection, restoration, and management of ecological forests and grasslands.

He called for reform and innovation in protecting forestry and grasslands for high-quality development. Protection and management of nature reserves must be strengthened, and efforts must be made to ensure the success of the pilot program of national parks, he said.

Protection and management of forestry and grasslands should be conducted based on law, he noted.

He also underlined the importance of cultivating professional and devoted human resources.

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MYANMAR, SRI LANKA, November 21 -- Li Shuming, Deputy Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China led a delegation to visit Myanmar and Sri Lanka respectively during November 13-20, 2018.

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CANADA, September 26 -- Zhang Yongli, Deputy Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China met with Daniel Watson, CEO of Parks Canada on September 21, 2018. Both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Natural Protected Areas Cooperation. Based on the MOU, the bilateral parts would conduct cooperation on the establishment and management of national parks, nature reserves and other natural protected areas.

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SHANGHAI, September 27 -- The initiation ceremony of China-Nepal cooperation on research of rhinoceros protection was held in Shanghai Wild Animal Park on September 26, 2018. Two Asian rhinoceros were gifted from Nepal to China for conducting breeding research and education showcase to the public. Li Chunliang, Deputy Administrator of China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration attended the ceremony and made a speech.

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SICHUAN, September 11 -- Edgar Chatto, Governor of the Philippines’s Bohol Province visited the Qingchengshan base of China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Dujiangyan on September 11, 2018.

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