The provincial forestry department can destroy the ecological “protective umbrella”
The former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department and the local government colluded with each other, and the destroyers from the guardians were the key to ecological protection.
On the afternoon of May 11, the Central Eco-Environmental Inspector Group reported to Anhui the second batch of “looking back” that about 602 hectares of the Shuangkeng area of the Anhui Alligator Reserve was invaded by the Jixian Development Zone and the habitat of the Chinese alligator was damaged. The former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department, as the administrative department and the direct management unit of the national all-level protection zone of the Chinese alligator, has always concealed the facts of concealing the illegality, resulting in the long-term indecision of the destruction of the protected area.
Judging from the situation disclosed by the Central Eco-Environmental Inspector Group, the former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department is a typical example of “cheating and squatting”.
From the very beginning, the former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department could kill the chaos in the protected area in the bud. Because, as early as March 2010, the Protected Areas Administration reported to the former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department the issue of the occupation of the protected area. However, the Forestry Department not only suppressed the incident, but colluded with the Jixian government to steal the column and violate the law. All areas invaded and occupied are outside the boundaries of the protected area.
Since then, the former State Forestry Administration and other 10 ministries and commissions jointly issued a document requesting that “the scope of the nature reserve and the functional area should be adjusted. If it is adjusted without authorization, it must be ordered to rectify within a time limit and revert to the original state.” However, the former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department has been ignored and has never been implemented. In 2017, the Central Eco-Environmental Inspector Group once again pointed out that the Chinese alligator protection area was invaded. The Forestry Department continued to conceal and refused to include the Chinese alligator protection area in rectification.
In the special action of supervision and inspection of national nature reserves such as “Green Shield 2017” and “Green Shield 2018”, the former Ministry of Environmental Protection requested verification of the issue of the Chinese alligator protection area according to remote sensing monitoring. In response, the Protected Areas Administration also submitted relevant reports, but the original Anhui Provincial Forestry Department has still not taken any measures and continues to conceal it.
It is not difficult to see from these performances that the former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department, which should have been the ecological guardian, has opened the door to ecological protection and turned itself into an accomplice of the grassroots government and a destroyer. Pressure from one department after another, and governance actions again and again, are not taken into account. If it is not poked by the Central Eco-Environmental Inspectorate, this “deceitful squat” drama does not know when to play.
People can’t help but wonder, in the end, what kind of interests are driven, the original Anhui Provincial Forestry Department dared to cross the sea and escort the illegal actions of local governments? Since the opinions of the Central Eco-Environmental Inspectorate Group have been reported to Anhui Province, then the next step is that Anhui has the responsibility to start the investigation as soon as possible, find out the behind-the-scenes ambassadors, dig up hidden interest chains, and conduct overall accountability for dereliction of duty and dereliction of duty officials. Give the society an account.
The practice of the former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department was not an isolated case. In the management of nature reserves and local environmental governance, the phenomenon of similar complicity is very prominent. The typical phenomenon of “pretending to rectify”, such as last year’s concentrated exposure, is “pretend to be supervised”. Some provincial government departments have turned a blind eye to local fraud and even endorsed the localities, which has made some local governments fearless.
In local ecological protection, the role of conservation agencies at the provincial level is critical. Some local governments often rely on economic interests to find ways to protect protected areas and natural ecological ideas. As a grassroots protection unit, the arm cannot be twisted with the thigh, and it is difficult to compete with the local government. At this time, as a provincial-level protection agency, if it can be used as a backing for grassroots protection units, using the powers conferred by law, it is not impossible for local governments to refer to protected areas. Many ecological destruction phenomena are not effectively curbed.
The former Anhui Provincial Forestry Department and the local government colluded with each other, and the destroyers from the guardians were the key to ecological protection. This also reminds us once again that the protection and governance of the ecological environment must first be grasped from the source, that is, the relevant government departments themselves. Further improve the assessment and accountability mechanism of officials to ensure that the ecological environment information is fully disclosed, so as to minimize the space of “deception and squatting”, in order to allow the guardians to abide by the duty, optimistic about the door of ecological protection, and avoid the local ecological protection being artificially overhead. .
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