Minister Tang Renjian addressed the opening ceremony of the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on April 19, 2021.
Minister Tang Renjian noted that the Chinese Government attaches great importance to the conservation of soil biodiversity and has adopted a series of strong measures to improve soil quality and fertility in recent years. China has promulgated and implemented the Law on Soil Pollution Prevention and Control, and intensified efforts to monitor soil, forestall and defuse relevant risks, and deal with soil contamination in accordance with the law. A total of over 6.67 million hectares of farmland was designated for fallow or crop rotation, and 4.67 million hectares of farmland was included into conservation tillage program this year. China has taken a range of measures to improve farmland fertility, up by 0.35 notches in five years. In addition, China has participated in global soil governance and has honored its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity and other conventions.
Minister Tang put forward three proposals concerning the conservation of soil biodiversity: 1) Capitalize on the FAO to deepen global cooperation in soil, and foster the Global Soil Partnership to promote sustainable soil management; 2) Support South-South and triangular cooperation, step up efforts to build capacity for conservation, and give priority to helping developing countries improve their capacity for protecting soil biodiversity; 3) Promote consultation and collaboration, and reach consensus on collective actions. The International Forum on Chernozem Soil Conservation to be held this year provides a platform for the international community to discuss plans for chernozem soil conservation and soil biodiversity.
More than 7,000 participants from over 100 countries attended the symposium.