As China's urbanization process accelerated, there are less land, increasingly prominent environmental issues, worsening urban pollution, as well as frequent occurrence of fog and haze. The data of air quality released by Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau shows that the number of days that meet the air quality standards in Beijing last year is 186, accounting for 51% of the total number of the year, but still 49% of the days is filled with air pollution, among which there are 31 heavily polluted days and 15 seriously polluted days.
In recent years, people all over the country are actively exploring how to deal with environmental issues, and the 18th CPC National Congress has also made great efforts to promote the construction of ecological civilization and the build-up of a beautiful China. Acting as an important means to improve the ecological environment and beautify the living space, the vertical planting is a significant practice to build a sponge city and green architecture. In fact, though the development of China's vertical planting started late, its speed is relatively fast. The Ministry of Construction issued a document in November 2004 'to encourage and promote roof greening and vertical planting.'In 2010,the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development released a new version of National Garden City Standards, incorporating the 'Vertical Planting Promotion' into the system of garden city index. Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Xiamen, Nanning and other cities have introduced the corresponding vertical planting policies and technology templates, so as to encourage and guide the practice and application of vertical planting.
Taking Shanghai as an example, it is currently the city with the highest level of urbanization in China, yet its forest coverage, uniformity of forest distribution, per capita forest ecosystem services acquired are relatively low. Last year, the Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipal People's Congress revised the Shanghai Landscaping Ordinance, and officially put the new version into effect from October 1, 2015. One of the main contents of the ordinance revision is to put forward some mandatory requirements for the construction of vertical planting in Shanghai, which clearly states the following: for the construction of new public buildings as well as reconstruction and expansion of the existing public buildings in the city center of Shanghai, greening should be implemented to the flat roofs with a height that does not exceed 50 meters. As we can see, governments at all levels are paying more and more attention to the vertical planting, so the vertical planting will usher in a major historic opportunity for development.
However, the present vertical planting products in China are not mature enough, and the industry is still in the early stages of development. Fortunately, numerous companies aspire to absorb the vertical planting transformation experience of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States, Australia and other countries. They combine the experience with the domestic situation and continuously concentrate on the research and improvement of vertical planting products to help the industry keep its sustained and healthy development. Thus the "Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai" has to be mentioned.
It is organized by the Chinese Flower Association (CFA), the only national flower association in China, taking place alternately in Shanghai and Beijing in the spring of each year. It has grown to become the largest trade show in the floricultural, horticultural and gardening industry in the whole of Asia.
After 18 years of development, Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai/Beijing is now popularly acknowledged as the first step for international enterprises to establish themselves in China, now welcoming more than 700 companies from over 30 countries, as well as almost 300 thousand professional visitors annually. It offers clear insight into the Chinese market through not only the show itself, but also its considerable events programme, including conferences, seminars and much more. In all, the show is becoming the "weather vane" of the Chinese floral and horticultural industry.
The best way to take a closer look at the booming Chinese market is to visit the Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai/Beijing.
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