coastal regions were asked to rectify improper and illegal land
reclamation practices after inspections exposed issues that could cause
damage to marine ecosystems.
Inspectors from the State Oceanic Administration reported issues to 11
provincial-level regions, including Shanghai and Guangdong, urging them
to correct problems such as a high vacancy rate of reclaimed land and an
improper project approval process.
The vacancy rate in other regions, including east China’s Zhejiang and
Shandong provinces, was also found to be above 40 percent.
The inspectors said that local authorities behaved improperly in project
approval. Projects covering reclaimed land were segmented into smaller
sections to bypass state-level examination and approval, inspectors
Concrete actions were taken to address the issues in question. By the
end of April 2018, south China’s Guangdong Province settled 305 cases
transferred by the inspection team, 19 of which were placed on file and
settled with punishment.
Environmental protection has been high on the agenda of the Chinese
government, with authorities stepping up efforts to punish those who
violate environmental laws. In January this year, China introduced its
toughest regulation on land reclamation along the coastline, vowing to
demolish illegally reclaimed land and stop approving general reclamation