United Nations experts investigated “Three Parallel Rivers” Nujiang section

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Nujiang Daily 17 April 2006

On 9 April, experts from UNESCO World Heritage Centre came to Nujiang Prefecture, conducted a 3-day visit to the Nujiang section of the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage site.

On 2 July 2003, the Three Parallel Rivers was successfully listed as World Heritage site. As required by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, each World Heritage site should be monitored and investigated three years after the listing, to ensure better management and protection of the site.

During the field trip, the chair of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Mr. Nikita Lopoukhine and the Progrmame Specialist of Science, Technology and Environment of the UNESCO Bejing Office, Mr. R. Jayakumar, were accompanied by the Secretary General of the UNESCO Chinese National Committee, Mr. Tian Xiaogang, the Diplomatic Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Diao Ming-sheng, the Deputy Governor of Nujiang Prefecture, Mr. Zhao Zhi-yong and the Director of Yunnans Three Parallel Rivers Administration, Mr. Ma Su-hong, looked into the status of the protection work of Three Parallel Rivers Nujiang section, and conducted an on-site investigation. They visited the ecological resettlement sites of Fugong and Gongshan county, and looked into the poverty condition of some farmers. They also visited the proposed dam sites in Liuku, Yabiluo and Maji. They experienced the wonderful natural scenery of Nujiang Grand Canyon, and the exotic ethnicity custom. They finally visited the Three Parallel Rivers Nujiang section Management Centre, planted memorial trees and gave a hand-script.

In the afternoon of the 11th, the Prefecture Government held a discussion on the conservation and development of the Three Parellel Rivers World Heritage site Nujiang section in Liuku city. The Deputy Governor, Mr. Zhao Zhi-yong, represented the Prefecture Government, to speak to the UN experts their work in strictly implementing environmental protection and science-based usage of the World Heritage site. He introduced the progress in protecting the Nujiang section, the dam construction and planning near the World Heritage site, problems and difficulties in the conservation work of Nujiang and the opinions in Nujiangs conservation and development. He emphasised the Nujiang obligations in and proposed further understanding and  communications over the Nujiangs conservation.

Nikita highly praised the efforts and contribution made for protecting this one of the most beautiful places in the world by the people of all ethnicities in Nujiang. He said during the three-day visit, by listening to the reports and on-site investigation, he fully understood the peoples sacrifice made for the environmental protection, and the efforts paid to gain their own benefits. He also fully agreed that poverty alleviation is the most effective way for environmental protection. Around the world there are some excellent examples in proper treatment of the conflicts between conservation and poverty reduction, and some model management approaches that they can learn. He is extremely willing to share those successful cases with people of all ethnicities in Nujiang. Nikita said he would by all means manage to do more for the development and conservation of Nujiang.

During the meeting, Mr. Nikita Lopoukhine and Mr. R. Jayakumar held a dialogue with the representatives of farmers. And both of them raised hopes and requests to the Nujiang officials over the management of the World Heritage site.

The representatives from the Yunnan Governments Research Centre, Construction Office, Development and Reform Committee, Office of Foreign Affairs, and Nujiang Prefectures Construction Bureau, Development and Reform Committee, Environmental Bureau, Forestry Bureau, Water Resources Bureau and Office of Foreign Affairs accompanied them throughout the trip.