Zhenhai District, the primary chemical industrial zone in Ningbo City and Zhejiang Province, has proposed to build a two-square-kilometer wetland Eco-Park. Among its 246 square kilometers of land in the Zhenhai District, 56.22 square kilometers are industrial.

Dust coming from burning coal is the major environmental issue that the local residents complain about. In recent years, the Zhenhai District has invested ¥260 million into building five forest protection belts that separate the industrial zone from the residential zone. The 200-meter wide belts have a total area of 9.62 square kilometers with 1.5 million trees. Currently, Zhenhai District has a per capita green space coverage of 12.73 square meters, and the forest coverage rate has reached 27.7%.

Ningbo Zhenhai Eco-Park

To further enhance the natural environment of the district, Zhenhai proposed to build a wetland Eco-Park, which will purify the polluted water and reduce the amount of runoff in the district. A wastewater treatment plant is currently under construction in the industrial zone. After completion, the plant will release treated water into the wetland Eco-Park. The wetland plants, along with microbes and soil, will absorb the organic waste and heavy metal in the treated runoff. The factories will reuse the water from the park.

Ningbo Zhenhai Eco-Park

The wetland Eco-Park will also function as an educational center for the local residents, and local officials plan to develop eco-tourism.

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The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.