China's migratory bird sanctuaries added to UNESCO World Heritage List
Updated 20:02, 05-Jul-2019

At the continuing 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital, China's Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf (Phase I) were added to the World Heritage List as a natural site on Friday, bringing the number of Chinese sites inscribed on the list to 54.

View of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China. /VCG Photo

View of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, China. /VCG Photo

The site, located in Yancheng, east China's Jiangsu Province, is mainly composed of three ecological systems: forest, sea and wetland. It is a key habitat for migratory birds on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and a resting site for many migratory birds worldwide.

The Yellow Sea wetland in Jiangsu Province, where the first phase of the project is located, has more than 680 vertebrate species and more than 500 invertebrate species, including 415 species of birds.

The area is crucial for the survival of the world's rarest migratory birds, including species like the spoon-billed sandpiper and spotted greenshank. It is also China's largest wintering ground for red-crowned cranes.

The universal value of the bird sanctuaries has been affirmed by the decision of the World Heritage Committee to inscribe them on its list. China now has 14 World Natural Heritage sites in total.

(Top image via VCG)

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