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Since the foundation of new China, forestry has been rapidly developed and made a large number of achievements, the integrative capacity of forestry science and technology has been significantly strengthened and provided strong scientific and technological support to forestry development and ecological protection, especially the implementation of forestry leap development strategy led by the 6 major forestry programs of the SFA. According to incomplete statistics, since the foundation of new China, the number of forestry science and technology achievements certified by provincial level and above agencies has reached 5,938, of which 216 achievements won the national science and technology progress award, 37 achievements won national invention award, 3 achievements won national natural science award. Particularly, the achievements of the project “Forestry strategic study for China’s sustainable development” carried out during 2002-2004 has provided important evidences for the central government to formulate the “Decision on accelerating forestry development”, making clear about the direction for China’s forestry development in the new age, truly playing a role in providing support to governmental decision making .

Standardization is to develop provisions that can be commonly and repeatedly used for actual or potential problems in order to obtain the best order within a certain scope. Currently, the economic globalization is accelerated. Particularly since China\’s accession to the WTO, the unified rules for international trade have to be followed. With the gradual elimination of the tariff and custom quota, standards as the technical basis for economic development play an increasing role in economy and trade. Many countries are trying to set some technical barriers by using technical standards to protect their own industries and products. Facing with these changes in international situation, China has put the “standards strategy”, as one of the three strategies (personnel, patent and standards) for science and technology development, at an import position.

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The first objective is to change the mature technical results obtained from forestry ecological development programs into standards to meet the requirements by forestry ecological programs in order to standardize forestry ecological development activities and to promote standardized design, implementation and examination for acceptance for the forestry ecological programs, hence to improve the quality and benefit of forestry ecological development. The second objective is to change the technical requirements in forestry industries especially forest products into standards, according to the principles and requirements by the WTO/TBT in combination with the development policies and market situation of forestry industries, in order to promote sustainable management of forestry industries, improve market competence of forestry industries, push forward technology advancement and innovation, and promote internationalization.

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In order to strengthen the enforcement of forestry standards, and to explore new ways of implementing forestry standards, since 1999, the State Forestry Administration have arranged 97 projects in 4 batches of establishing demonstration counties (districts, projects). During the past several years, with strong support and great attention by local governments, forestry agencies, in close combination with local economic and social development  and forestry development reality, adhere to combination of science and technology with operations, take the advantage of local natural resources, made great efforts in standardization in forestry sector, developed many effective models of standardization with various characteristics, played a good role in providing demonstration and driving forces, and produced good ecological, economic and social benefits. Meanwhile, in order to strengthen monitor the implementation of forestry standardization work, evaluate and consolidate the demonstration effects, the State Forestry Administration has specifically developed the “Measures for examination for acceptance of the national forestry standardization counties (districts, projects)”, further standardizing the examination for acceptance of the forestry standardization demonstration counties (districts, projects), giving a full play of the demonstration in improving the quality and benefit of forestry development.

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BEIJING, June 5, Xinhua - Every year on June 5th is the World Environment Day, also called Eco Day, and is a call for global awareness about protecting the environment. To mark the occasion, famed composer and conductor Tan Dun has charmed Beijing on Thursday with an outdoor concert at Chaoyang Park.

To mark the occasion, famed composer and conductor Tan Dun has charmed Beijing on Thursday with an outdoor concert at Chaoyang Park.(Source: CNTV.cn)

With the theme "listen to nature", the concert sees the China National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of composer Tan Dun to mark World Environment Day.

The program has been carefully hand-picked by Tan, and includes Dinicu's "Ciocarlia", with the violinist imitating birds chirping... the cello of Saint-Saens' "Swan"... and the serene piano of Debussy's "Moonlight".

Apart from western classics, Tan's "Nature's Resurrection", which features passages from his "Martial Arts Trilogy", is also performed.

"Life is opera and the opera is life. So tonight's program is like first act, second act. The first act is like overture, and the second act is singing to the sky, birds and to earth with swan then to the moonlight, then after that we put the three together the triple concerto. The triple concerto also has a underlying meaning," composer/conductor Tan Dun said.
As usual, Tan has incorporated water as an instrument to explore the musicality of nature.

And this time, UNESCO's Goodwill Ambassador has joined hands with the Alashan Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, China's largest NGO for environmental protection.

"Ten years ago Beijing was hit by one of the worst sand storms in its history. Back then a group of conscious entrepreneurs went to the Alashan League, where the sand storm originated, and formed Alashan SEE, the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, to improve environmental protection in China. We hope tonight's concert will be a good start," said Tong Shumeng, initiator of 2014 Beijing Summer Forest Concert.

The ending piece "Bolero" brings the audience to their feet.
Tan says he had a hard time finding the right closing piece, and that the idea of playing "Bolero" came to him only a day before the concert.

But it worked out just fine.

World Environment Day was declared by the United Nations in 1972.

It's aim is to stimulate global awareness of environmental issues, as well as political attention and action.

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