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First biodiversity report on China’s nuclear power industry released

2019-08-08

The seventh edition of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN)’s “Aug 7th Public Open Day” was celebrated in Beijing, as well as Daya Bay, Taishan, Yangjiang, Ningde, Hongyanhe, and Fangchenggang nuclear power bases concurrently on Aug 7.



The first biodiversity protection report of the domestic nuclear power sector was released with the endorsement of two public welfare organizations, Shenzhen Mangrove Wetlands Conservation Foundation and Dive for Love.

The report points out that a species-rich ecosystem has taken form in the land and surrounding sea area of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base due to the long-running biodiversity protection practices organized by Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co Ltd.



Experts in animal, plant, and marine life protection have been sent to the nuclear power base by the two public welfare organizations to conduct independent research. They found six animals and plants under second-class state protection in the land area, including crested goshawks, common buzzards, Indian scops owls, hoplobatrachus tigerinus, boas, and mucuna birdwoodiana. Species on the Protection Catalog of Terrestrial Wildlife of Use or with Important Economic or Scientific Research Value like white egrets, cattle egrets, oriental garden lizards, black-spectacled toad, banded bullfrog, and microhyla pulchra were also spotted.

In addition, 15 species of stony corals under second-class state protection, including honeycomb corals, plesiastrea versipora, platygyra, cyphastrea, psammocora, and acanthastrea live in the surrounding sea area of the nuclear power base. The 11 kilometers of winding coastline provides them ideal harbor.



The beautiful environment of Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base impressed the experts during their field investigation, as did the nuclear power base’s respect for nature. According to Li Shen, deputy secretary-general of the Shenzhen Mangrove Wetlands Conservation Foundation, white egrets and cattle egrets can often be seen in the nuclear power base, another example of its effective biodiversity conservation. The employees are active in carrying out various preservation and environmental maintenance activities, such as cleaning garbage floating on the sea and restoring mangroves.



During the diving survey in the surrounding sea area, experts identified more than 100 kinds of marine creatures, among which 15 stony corals are under second-class state protection. Wang Xiaoyong of Dive for Love, said that coral has strict requirements to the environment, and the wild growth of the species in the area cannot be set apart from CGN’s sustainable development strategy, philosophy of developing ecological nuclear power, as well as systematic management and control measures for environmental protection.



Tan Jiansheng, senior vice president of CGN, noted that the enterprise has attached great importance to the harmonious coexistence between the project development and the surrounding ecology. For example, it has white egrets at Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base, a tea garden at Ningde Nuclear Power Base, a sea of flowers at Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Base, dolphins near Yangjiang and Taishan nuclear power bases, and a mangrove forest at Fangchenggang Nuclear Power Base.

A Coral Conservation Station of Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base was inaugurated that day under the collaboration of CGN and Dive for Love.



The award ceremony for the "Looking for the most science fiction teenager in China" National Youth Science Fiction Writing Competition was also held during the public open day. Xu Peilin and Xiang Yining from Shenzhen, Lu Xuanyu from Huizhou, Liu Shuqi from Baoshan, Zeng Cheng from Wenzhou, as well as Li Jiahang from Dalian stood out from more than 4,500 teenage participants from nearly 30 cities nationwide to be crowned.



Many unusual but wonderful concept and stories from transforming earthquakes into energy, melting the sun, turning table tennis into magic bullets to the attempt to demonstrate the theory of human spirit symbiosis, as well as the exploration of human nature and predicaments emerged from the writing competition.

The event attracted the attention of famous science fiction writers Liu Cixin, Han Song, Wang Jinkang, and He Xi, as well as Guo Fan, director of Wandering Earth, who encouraged the youth to enjoy the beauty of science fiction. In addition, the topic of "Looking for the most science fiction teenager in China" was read by over 120 million people on China's Twitter-equivalent Sina Weibo.



The competition aimed to stimulate teenagers’ interest in science, science fiction, and innovation, cultivating their scientific literacy to contribute to the prosperity of China.

Huang Xiaofei, spokesman of CGN, said that the enterprise shoulders the social responsibility to guide young people to pay attention to science and carry out science popularization education, noting that for many years, it has done so.

To date, CGN has built 14 science popularization exhibition halls across the country. Clean energy science popularization projects such as "Nuclear power science into campus" and "First class of the new term" have covered nearly 200 domestic primary and middle schools.




China's first e-book compiled from adolescent science fiction works was jointly released by CGN and the Future Affairs Administration on Aug 7.

Since the launch of the industry's first nuclear power science popularization robot "Hebao" on the “Aug 7th Public Open Day” in 2018, CGN has enlightened tens of thousands of people with nuclear power knowledge via online platforms and at various exhibitions.



The second generation of robots, Hebao Brother and Hebao Sister, met the public one year later. Compared with the first generation, they have a cuter appearance and more interactive functions, such as environmental radiation monitoring, automatic news capture, and appearance level detection. The two robots will be introduced into the science popularization exhibition halls of CGN’s nuclear power bases for tour guide and interaction purposes.



CGN is China's largest and the world's third largest nuclear power company. A “4+X” industrial layout covering nuclear power, nuclear fuel, new energy, finance, and nuclear technology application has taken shape, with its business reaching more than 20 countries and regions around the globe.

As the second largest clean energy enterprise in China, CGN boasts a clean energy installed capacity of more than 51 GW. More than 24 nuclear power units are in operation, totaling more than 25 GWh in installed capacity.

Its Aug 7th Public Open Day has been held for seven consecutive years and has become a brand program of public communication in the national nuclear industry. Han Wenping, deputy head of the Nuclear Division I of the National Nuclear Safety Administration, Liu Fuguang, deputy director of the Bureau of Publicity of State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, as well as Zheng Kai, deputy director of the Department of Science Popularization of China Association for Science and Technology, Tang Weihong, vice president of people.com.cn, Meng Han, Chinese representative of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Zhao Yang, biodiversity expert of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, attended the event this year.