Signing Ceremony of Framework Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between IAE and Zhangwu County People's Government of Fuxin City Held in Zhangwu
On September 27-28, 2020, the kick-off meeting of the Liaoning Provincial 2020 Science and Technology Major Project "Ecosystem restoration and governance in Northwest Liaoning: technology integration and ecological industry development demonstration", which is led by the Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the signing ceremony concerning the scientific and technological cooperation between IAE and Zhangwu County People's Government were held in Zhangwu County, Fuxin City, Liaoning Province. People who attended the meeting included government officials from the Liaoning Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Fuxin City and Zhangwu county; Xu Yanhui, head of the Science and Technology Cooperation Division, Shenyang Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Prof. Han Xingguo of Institute of Botany, CAS; Prof. Zhao Xueyong of Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS; Prof. Lv Jie of Shenyang Agricultural University; other seven expert group members; Fang Yunting, deputy director of IAE; Wang Zhengwen, chief researcher of the project, and other team members of the project. The meeting was chaired by Wang Xugao, head of the Science and Technology Department of IAE.
YANG Jingzhong, mayor of Zhangwu County, welcomed and thanked all attendees for coming to Zhangwu and contributing to its development. YANG also emphasized the significance of the project for ecological conservation and development of eco-industries in Zhangwu County, in Fuxin City and even in Northwest Liaoning. XU Yanhui said that the launch of this project is a successful example of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for Innovation (i.e., the cooperation between government, research institutes and enterprises) in Liaoning. Wang Mingjun, deputy secretary-general of Fuxin Municipal Government, expressed his gratitude for scientists' contribution to scientific and technological development in Fuxin.
Fang Yunting thanked the Liaoning Provincial Department of Science and Technology for its strong support for IAE's development over the years, and thanked Fuxin City and Zhangwu County for their support to the project in the past year. Subsequently, Fang Yunting and Zhangwu County deputy mayor Wang Xiuhua, on behalf of IAE and the Zhangwu County People's Government respectively, signed the Science and Technology Cooperation Framework Agreement between the two sides.
At the kick-off meeting of the project, the expert group members listened carefully to Wang Zhengwen’s report on the project’s background, implementation plan and progress. The PIs of the five sub-projects also gave detailed reports on their own research plans and work in progress. Han Xingguo, Zhao Xueyong, Lv Jie and other expert group members gave comments and put forward many constructive opinions on the implementation of the project. Experts agreed that this project is highly consistent with the new development concept of "ecology priority" and the general requirements of "ecological industrialization and industrial ecologicalization", and suggest that the project team fully consider the landscape complexity in northwestern Liaoning, restore vegetation and soil based on local conditions, develop efficient and resource-saving planting techniques, strengthen integrated technology development, do a good job of economic input-output accounting, follow the concepts of sustainable development and man-nature harmonious coexistence, further optimize the ecological restoration and industrial development layout on the regional scale, collaborate well with the enterprises, perform large-scale experiments and demonstrations, and promote the formation of a regional sustainable development mode that integrates enterprise production, human living and ecological health.
After the meeting, all attendees were invited to visit the demonstration area of the project to inspect the restoration of desertified natural grassland, the construction of artificial grassland, the restoration of reclaimed farmland, and the landscape-oriented eco-economic nature protection system. Finally, Wang Zhengwen thanked the government officials and experts for their guidance, and expressed that the project team will further optimize and adjust the implementation plans, and do a solid job on technology development, integration and demonstration to contribute to the ecological, economic and social development in Northwest Liaoning.
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