China’s extraordinary efforts to improve its biodiversity have been noticed in Hungary and there is great potential for both countries to work together for the cause of sustainability, said the Hungarian ambassador to China.
Mate Pesti said China, as one of the mega-biodiversity countries in the world, over the years has used targeted legislation and action plans to take steps to protect biodiversity.
“Carefully orchestrated measures resulted in the creation of thousands of protected areas, botanical gardens, zoos, marine reserves, which now preserve tens of thousands of species, and through rigorous reforestation efforts, the forest. “Coverage now accounts for more than 20 percent of the total land area,” said the ambassador.
Fifth also mentioned China’s role in hosting the first part of the UN Conference on Biodiversity, also known as COP 15, which closed in Kunming last month.
The Ambassador said that the world can now look forward to the Budapest Plans Exhibition and Sustainability Summit 2021, the largest international event of its kind to be held in Central Europe. It opens on November 29 in the Hungarian capital.
He said Hungary played a role in creating the world’s first biosphere, the Mura-Drava-Danube Transboundary Biosphere Reserve. The opening of the UNESCO-supported project marks a milestone in efforts to preserve Central Europe’s largest river system and wildlife.
“From the common vision and the rigorous efforts to preserve our countries, there is much room for international cooperation in the fields of biodiversity knowledge and common exchanges,” he said.
He said Hungary’s climate and ecological protection plan places great emphasis on sustainability. It includes electrification of transport, banning disposable plastic products, large renewable energy plants, elimination of illegal dumping of waste.
“These steps, together with the overall vision and the government’s efforts to digitalize the economy and society, ensure that Hungary addresses the negative effects of human activity, promotes our goals of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and moves forward. “The path of sustainability in the post-2020 world,” he said.
He said that even under optimistic forecasts, human population and consumption will increase dramatically in the coming decades. But there has been a growing understanding that human activity in its current state is unstable and immediate steps are needed to ensure the well-being of the planet and to secure the future of humanity, the ambassador said.
The sustainability exhibition and summit in Budapest were conceived with these ideas in mind, with the objective of providing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, Pest said.
He said that Hungary has always maintained excellent relations with China, with bilateral cooperation extending to many areas.
The ambassador highlighted how Chinese companies have been the leading developers of 5G mobile technologies, which have the potential to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint and contribute to the idea of a global ecological civilization.
Europe’s first intelligent railway hub was recently set up in Hungary, in a project undertaken by East-West Intermodal Logistics, Huawei Hungary and Vodafone Hungary.
“The center will use the latest 5G technologies for its top-down operational functions, which further reduces its ecological footprint to the more ecologically sustainable forms of intercontinental transport, rail transport,” Pesti said.
There are also plenty of successful examples of Chinese companies developing projects in the field of renewable and clean energy, such as solar energy, in Hungary, he added. Moreover, the supply chain for lithium batteries is also an important driver for durability.
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