Zhejiang promotes water conservancy in 26 mountainous counties

Recently, the Provincial Water Resources Department officially issued the “Opinions on Supporting the Leap-forward High-Quality Development of 26 Mountainous Counties” (hereinafter referred to as the “Opinions”) to support water conservancy construction in 26 mountainous counties such as Chun’an, so as to support the high-quality construction of a demonstration zone for common prosperity in Zhejiang.

The 26 mountainous counties are the key to coordinated regional development and common prosperity in Zhejiang. According to the “Opinions”, based on the “Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for Water Conservancy in Zhejiang Province”, the province will further strengthen guidance to formulate the plan for the effective linkup between the achievements of poverty alleviation by water conservancy and water conservancy guarantees for rural revitalization.  It will clarify its objectives and tasks in the 26 mountainous counties such as rural water supply, farmland water conservancy, flood prevention and disaster reduction, water and soil conservation, river and lake ecological protection and restoration, and comprehensive management of rural water systems, establish a project list, issue implementation plans year by year, and guide and supervise project implementation.

The “Opinions” stipulates that priority support should be given to the reform of 26 mountainous counties to turn them into provincial pilots, such as Songyang County to be a pilot for mountain-area water conservancy modernization, Jinyun County be a pilot for mountain-area water governance system, Jingning County and Tiantai County to be a pilot for national water system connections and construction of beautiful water villages, and Kecheng District to be a pilot for a provincial-level blissed rivers and lakes. Under the premise of flood control, water supply and ecological safety, priority will be given to supporting the 26 counties to carry out pilot projects for the comprehensive utilization of rivers and lakes, mountain ponds for non-drinking water sources, and small reservoirs, etc., to explore the river and lake governance in GEP accounting, and to carry out pilot projects for the comprehensive utilization of dredged sand and gravel from rivers, lakes and reservoirs, so as to enhance the multi-dimensional value of river and lake resources in multiple ways.

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