The National Island Protection Plan was promulgated by the State Ocean Administration on Apr. 19. The Plan is another important measure to promote the development of Chinese islands after the Island Protection Law of China, in terms of the protection of islands and their surrounding ocean eco-system, the rational development of island resources, as well as the maintenance of maritime rights of China.
Introduced by the State Ocean Administration, the Plan addresses the target in 2020 to be that “the ecological protection of islands to be apparently strengthened, the development of islands to be gradually standardized, the human settlements of islands to be more improved, and the protection of specific islands to be enhanced.”
The Plan also divides Chinese islands into four first-level zones for protection, which are Bohai and Yellow Sea Zone, East Sea Zone, South Sea Zone, and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Zone.