China's Zhejiang province was recognized with a Champions of the Earth Award, the UN's highest environmental honor, on Wednesday.
A bird's-eye view of Anji county, Huzhou city, Zhejiang province, where President Xi Jinping proposed a new development method. (Photo: Xinhua)
Zhejiang's Green Rural Revival Program won in the Inspiration and Action category, one of five categories at the awards, "for the transformation of a once-heavily polluted area of rivers and streams", according to the website of the United Nations Environment Program.
"This exceptionally successful eco-restoration program shows the transformative power of economic and environmental development together," said the website.