On February 18th, 2014, Ministry of Environmental Protection released the selection result, which concerns the first batch of the State Young Talents of Professional Technology in Environment Protection, deciding to award ¡®the State Leading Personnel of Professional Technology in Environment Protection¡¯ to 19 professors and ¡®the State Young Talents of Professional Technology in Environment Protection¡¯ to 52 young scholars. Associate Professor Zhu Xiao was selected into the latter title, becoming the only scholar with legal professional background among all the 71 scholars.
In order to implement the strategy of reinvigorating China through human resource development and strengthen the construction of ecological environment protection personnel, according to <National Medium-to-long-term Talent Development Plan (2010-2020)> which was released by the Party Central Committee and the State Council, <Ecological Environment Protection for Medium-to-long-term Talent Development Plan (2010-2020)> (Environment and Development  no. 55) was authorized by the Ministry of Land and Resources, Housing Urban-rural Development, Ministry of Water Resources, the State Forestry Administration, the China Meteorological Administration, the Ministry of Agriculture, led by Ministry of Environmental Protection.
As an important links implemented concretely, on April, 2013, Ministry of Environmental Protection formulated < the Selection of Professional Technical Talents and Training Young Talent of Solution by The Ministry of Environmental Protection (Trial)> (Environment and Development  no. 39). Since June, 2013, Ministry of Environmental Protection carried out selection of ¡®the State Young Talents of Professional Technology in Environment Protection¡¯.