GRANDE, SWITZERLND, June 26 -- China will host the 14th meeting of Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP14) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 2021. It is the first time for China to host the meeting. The announcement was made during a plenary session of the 57th Meeting of the Standing Committee (SC57) attended by over 150 delegates from 63 countries and took place in Grande, Switzerland.

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China has been taking multiple actions to conserve the country’s wetlands since it has been a party to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1992, and has made great achievements through the development of wetland protection regulations, conduction of wetland protection and restoration projects, monitoring, exchanges and cooperation. China is also the only country to conduct wetland investigation for 2 times worldwide. Till now, China has designated 57 wetland sites onto the List of Wetlands of International Importance, established over 600 wetland nature reserves and around 1000 national wetland parks.

Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei province, will host the COP14. The wetland area in Wuhan is 162,461ha, which covers 18.9% of the city’s total land area, and ranks top 3 among the inland cities worldwide.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. It has 170 contracting parties so far. The COP meeting is taking place every 3 years.

By Xin Shuyu

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