The aerial view of Nansha district. [Photo by Shu Xia/gznsnews.com.cn]
Guangzhou's Nansha district has officially launched its overall plans for the construction of ecological corridors between 2020 and 2035, local media outlets reported on Jan 12.
The document points out that the construction of ecological corridors will be divided into four stages: namely the pilot stage, the near-term goal stage, the medium-term goal stage and the long-term goal stage.
The pilot stage covered the years 2019 and 2020, and included the construction of ecological corridors around the second lake of the Phoenix Lake and Jiaomen River, which turned the two areas into "ecological tourism circles" with various functions including flood control and drainage, ecological restoration, environmental protection, industrial restructuring and new-type urbanization.
The near-term goal stage, lasting from 2021 to 2022, will see the construction of 59.3 kilometers of ecological corridors in the district, covering all major rivers in the downtown area and major communities and towns.
During the medium-term goal stage, Nansha district will build a total of 144.2 km of ecological corridors, initially forming an overall distinctive structure with one ring, two cores and four belts on the basis of local river resources such as Shawan River, Jiaomen River, Lijiasha River, Shangheli River and Xiahengli River.
The long-term goal stage is scheduled to last from 2023 to 2035, when the district will have 319.2 km of ecological corridors. It is expected that the environmental quality of rivers and lakes in the district will be fundamentally improved during this time.