Positive progress made in national environmental protection
The CPC Central Committee and the State Council have always attached great importance to environmental protection and regarded environmental protection as a basic state policy for the implementation of the sustainable development strategy. During the “Eleventh Five-Year Plan” period, the State Council held the 6th National Environmental Protection Conference, which has placed environmental protection on a more prominent level, and with the approval of the National People's Congress, formed the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Using the emission reduction of major pollutants as a restricting indicator for social and economic development, the State Council has strategically called for building ecological civilization, rehabilitating rivers and lakes, promoting a historical transformation in environmental protection, and actively exploring new ways for environmental protection, in order to effect a series of major changes in China's environmental protection from recognition to practice. Positive progress has been made in environmental protection work.