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  • The State Forestry Administration carried out the Second National Wetland Resources Survey from 2009 to 2013.

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Figure 1 The Second National Wetland Resources Inventory(2009-2013)uses the method combining the 3S technology with field investigation

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Figure 2 The Second National Wetland Resources Inventory(2009-2013): Survey of the Napahai wetland plant formation

The inventory showed that the total wetlands across the country reached to 53.6026 million hectars with the wetland rate of 5.58%. Compared to the First National Wetland Resources Inventory, wetlands had been reduced by 3.3963 million hectars with a reduction rate of 8.82%. Natural wetlands reached to 46.6747 million hectars, which accouted for 87.08% of the total wetlands across the country. Compared to the First National Wetland Resources Inventory, natural wetlands had been redeuced by 3.3762 million hectars with a reduction rate of 9.33%.

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Figure 3 Release conference of the Second National Wetland Resources Inventory on January 13, 2014

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Figure 4 National Wetland Resources Distribution

  • Wetland monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation on the ecological status of important wetlands in the world was launched in 2008. 45 Wetlands of International Importance were evaluted in China mainland. It’s the first time to evaluate ecological status of all Wetlands of International Importance in the country. The results show that the comprehensive health index of wetland ecological status in China is 6.06 with middle healthy level, and the comprehensive function index of wetland ecological status is 7.00 with good function level. Wetland ecosystem value is relatively high with the total value of RMB 266.831 billion yuan per year and the unit wetland value of RMB 114,200 yuan hectare per year.

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Figure 5 Qinghai Zhaling Lake Wetland Questionnaire

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Figure 6 Sichuan Zoige Wetland Soil Sampling

  • Investigation of peatland carbon reservoirs

In order to give full play to the role of wetlands in response to climate change, the State Forestry Administration started the investigation of peatland carbon pool of key provinces across the country in 2014, which is a practical action that China fulfills the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Wetlands.

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Figure 7 Investigation of Peatland Carbon Pool and the training meeting were launched on April 29, 2014

  • Support of science and technology

Established in 2009, the National Wetland Science and Technology Committee composed of nine academicians is responsible for providing advices and recommendations on major policy decisions of national wetland protection and management as well as major issues of wetland scienctific development, and on the major scientific and technological problems encountered in the implementation of Convention on Wetlands. It is responsible for providing consultancy on the investigation, evaluation and decision-making for tackling key problems in wetland technologies, developing, promoting and introducing wetland technologies projects and major development programmes. 

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Figure 8 National Wetland Science and Technology Expert Committee Meeting on September 18, 2013

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Figure 9 Expert certification meeting on wetland ecosystem evaluation indicator system on February 29, 2012

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Figure 10 National Plateau Wetlands Research Center

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