China to add more wetlands by 2025
China to add more wetlands by 2025

The National Forestry and Grassland Administration said China will take more initiative in promoting the high-quality development of global wetland conservation in accordance with the Ramsar Convention and the Wuhan Declaration at the COP14 conference on Sunday.

China will build more national wetland parks, carry out scientific wetland protection, build a legal and institutional system for wetland protection, and construct the Shenzhen International Mangrove Center, Tan Guangming, deputy head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, said.

"The total number of wetland-type nature reserves in China has reached more than 2,200, while 11 million hectares of wetlands are also included in the national park system," Tan said. 

He said by 2025, China's wetland protection rate will reach 55 percent, with 20 new wetlands of international importance and 50 wetlands of national importance being added. 

"[A total of] 18.8 million hectares of mangroves will be restored," Tan said.

He said China will implement a control system for the total area of wetlands and build the world's first "international mangrove center" for mangrove conservation, providing services and assistance to all parties, especially developing countries.

According to Tan, a series of wetland protection projects will be implemented in the priority layout of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Yellow River Basin, the Yangtze River Basin, the Northeast Forest Belt, the Northern Anti-Sand Belt, the Southern Hilly Mountain Belt, and the Coastal Belt in the future. 

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