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Linking Environmental Monitoring with Compliance and Enforcement Expert Meeting

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Today in Beijing, IISD and the Institute for Resources and Environmental Policy Studies Development Research Center of the State Council of China (DRC) were pleased to co-host a meeting of Chinese and international experts on the theme of big data and environmental protection.  

In May 2017, the Belt and Road Forum pointed to the importance of big data for ecological protection. Today’s meeting explored the quickly changing role of big data to improve national environmental monitoring systems and to focus compliance and enforcement efforts in areas of highest risk. ​China’s current Five-Year Plan commits to an ambitious agenda of establishing national environmental monitoring systems for air, water, soil, forestry and other areas; highlights of that plan were discussed, with a background paper prepared by the DRC and IISD.

In addition to the Vice Minister of the DRC and the Canadian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, participants included experts from the DRC, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Water, as well as representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Finnish Environmental Institute, the Washington-based Environmental Law institute and Global Forest Watch. 

Event details

  • June 15, 2017

  • Lecture hall, 3rd floor of DRC

  • No.225 Chao Yang Men Nei Da Jie, Beijing 100010