The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance as Waterfowl Habitat (commonly known as the “Ramsar Convention”) held its second “Wetland Authority” certificate award ceremony on November 10 this month. Seven Chinese cities, including Hefei in Anhui Province, Jining in Shandong Province, Liangping District in Chongqing, Nanchang in Jiangxi Province, Banjin in Liaoning Province, Wuhan in Hubei Province, and Yancheng in Jiangsu Province, received certificates and officially joined the ranks of “wetland municipalities.
The seven new “wetland municipalities” in China each have their own characteristics. Hefei City has five national wetland parks and three provincial wetland parks, with a wetland protection rate of 75%. In Jining City, there are 32 wetland townships and towns, 56 wetland villages, and 124 small-scale wetlands. Liangping District is the only “wetland municipality” in Southwest China, and has built more than 400 small-scale wetlands by adopting the style of “small-scale wetland + organic industry, guest house/wellness, eco-tourism”. Nanchang has 2 Wetlands of International Importance, 8 National Wetland Parks, and 5 Provincial Wetland Parks. Banjin has become an important stopover and destination for migratory birds from East Asia to Australia, as well as the largest breeding ground for the blue-winged gull in the world. Wuhan is the largest city in China with the richest inland wetland resources, and is a representative lake wetland in the same latitude region of the world and in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Yancheng has two Wetlands of International Importance and the first coastal wetland in China designated as a World Natural Heritage Site.