China restores 23,000 hectares of wetlands

January 24th, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Jan 24 (IANS) China will step up wetland protection and restoration efforts this year, having already restored 23,000 hectares of wetlands in 2011, the country’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) has revealed.

According to the SFA, China reinforced wetland protection in 2011 by increasing subsidies in protecting wetlands, Xinhua reported.

The country carried out 42 wetland protection projects, increased 330,000 hectares of protected wetland areas, added four wetlands of international importance and 68 national wetland parks.

As per the SFA, nearly half of China’s natural wetlands have been brought under effective protection.

A wetland is an area of ground that is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally.

In 2012, China will further step up wetland protection and restoration, finish the second national wetland resources investigation and carry out pilot projects in assessing healthy conditions of the wetland ecological system, an SFA spokesperson said.

The country has so far built over 550 wetland natural reserves, 37 wetlands of international importance, which were listed in the Ramsar International Wetland Convention, and 100 national wetland parks.

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