A green eco-environment for sustainable development - framework and action

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Liu, X., Xu, W., Sha, Z., Zhang, Y., Wen , Z., Wang, J., Zhang, F. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2020. A green eco-environment for sustainable development - framework and action. Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering - FASE. 7 (1), pp. 67-74. https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FASE-2019297

AuthorsLiu, X., Xu, W., Sha, Z., Zhang, Y., Wen , Z., Wang, J., Zhang, F. and Goulding, K. W. T.

Following its 40-year reform and ‘Open Door’ policy, China has recently proposed a new approach to green development and rural revitalization—the idea of Agriculture Green Development (AGD), with the key feature of creating a green eco-environment. In this minireview we introduce the definition, theory, framework and major components of a green eco-environment as a key part of the AGD. We define a green eco-environment as including four key elements or measures: (1) a green ecoenvironmental indicator system; (2) environmental monitoring and warning networks; (3) emission standards and environmental thresholds for key pollutants; (4) emission controls and pollution remediation technologies. We have used Quzhou County (a typical county in the center of the North China Plain) as an example to show how detailed air, water and soil monitoring networks, as well as improved
farmer practices and pollution control measures (especially ammonia emission mitigation and PM2.5 pollution reduction), can begin to create a green eco-environment in China and that AGD is possible. We conclude by stressing the
need to improve the framework and practice for a green eco-environment, especially the importance of linking proposals and practices for a green eco-environment with
the United Nations high priority Sustainable Development Goals.

KeywordsMonitoring networks; Environmental thresholds; Ammonia emission mitigation; Green ecological environment; Quzhou County
Year of Publication2020
JournalFrontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering - FASE
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 67-74
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FASE-2019297
Web address (URL)http://journal.hep.com.cn/fase
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBBSRC Newton funding
Funder project or codeUK - China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy (CINAG)
Publisher's version
Copyright license
CC BY 4.0
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
OnlineJun 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Nov 2019
PublisherHigher Education Press

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