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The Chenhu Wetlands Nature Reserve, a provincial-level reserve in the southwestern part of Caidian district of Wuhan, is located at the delta region where the Hanjiang River flows into the Yangtze River. Geographical coordinates of this reserve: from 113°44′07˝ to 113°55′39˝ east longitude, and from 30°15′10˝ to 30°24′44˝ north latitude. Total area of the reserve is 11,579.1 hectares, including 5,866.67 hectares of the core zone, 1,266.67 hectares of the buffer zone and 4,466.67 hectares of the experimental zone. The reserve is the largest freshwater wetlands and marsh on the Hangjiang-Yangtze plain, is a wetland ecosystem formed by shallow lakes and marshes, and is also one of the wetlands where a large number precious migratory waterfowl spend the winter. With rich biodiversity, experts have named it the “DNA bank of wetland waterfowl”. In 2002, the reserve was included in the National Plan for Wetland Protection (2002-2030). In 2011, it was included in the National Plan for the Implementation of Wetland Protection (2011-2015). In August 2006, it was upgraded to a provincial-level wetland protection region upon approval by the provincial government, and in October 2013, the reserve was put on the catalog of wetlands of international importance by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat.  

The Chenhu Wetlands Nature Reserve

Source: the website of the Chenhu Wetland Nature Reserve Administrative Bureau www.hbchsd.com.cn

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In order to speed up ecological development, China has implemented major forestry ecological programs aimed to improve ecological environment and expand forest resources. In 1989, 1990, 1987, 1994 and 1996, the government respectively initiated the program of shelterbelt forest in the middle and upper reaches of Yangtze River, coastal shelterbelt forest, afforestation in plain regions, afforestation in Taihang Mountains, and Shelterbelt forest in Pearl River basin. Up to the end of 2000, the phase 1 program completed. According to the “outlines of the 10th national economic and social development plan”, in 2000, the State Forestry Administration formulated 5 shelterbelt forest projects, i.e. “the plan of phase 2 Yangtze River shelterbelt forest program”, “the plan of phase 2 Pearl River shelterbelt forest program”, “the plan of phase 2 coastal shelterbelt forest program”, “the plan of phase 2 Taihang Mountains afforestation program” and “the plan of phase 2 plain regions afforestation program”. In 2002, all the program plans smoothly passed the assessment made by the China International Program Consulting Company entrusted by the State Planning Commission. On 29 September 2004, the State Forestry Administration formally issued the phase 2 program plans of the 5 projects. 

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DAR ES SALAAM, Oct.27, Xinhua - Twenty-seven new vertebrate species have been found in Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountain forests, said a new study availed by Xinhua on Monday.

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SHIJIAZHUANG, September 1 - The Guyuan County in Hebei Province invested more than 50 million yuan for wetland protection in the past three years, and farming on more than 2,000 hectares of tidal flat and wetland surrounding the Guanting Reservoir is expected to be ceased for the purpose of wetland protection this year. With the implementation wetland protection projects, the establishment of wetland protection organizations and the improvement in wetland protection policies and regulations, Hebei Province has established a wetland protection system.

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YUNNAN, Sep.1, China.org.cn - Southwest China's Yunnan province ranked highest in the country for wetland biodiversity with 563,500 hectares of wetlands, according to a provincial government report released on Monday.

9.2 Yunnan tops in China for wetland biodiversity

Yunnan harbors four types of wetlands, representing all types of inland freshwater wetlands found in the country.[Photo by Zhang Guangyu/Aisanewsphoto]

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