Efforts made to protect rivers, lakes

China has recently concentrated on protecting rivers and lakes.

This year, 185 000 illegal acts of building structures around rivers and on the shores of lakes, dumping rubbish recklessly and dredging rivers without permission were exposed and punished.

The country also tightens control on such illegal acts throughout society, while dismantling illegal structures and establishing a public report system.

A county in Guangdong province completed a river improvement project along the section extending for 414.5 km, thus removing 2 162 tons of sludge and 274 tons of waste.

All dumping of waste into rivers was reportedly eradicated in a tourist area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.