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5,360 hectares of wetland restored at West Dongting Lake

​By Zhang Junmian
​China.org.cn, 05 16, 2018
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A total of 5,360 hectares of degraded wetland have been restored at West Dongting Lake National Nature Reserve, said Mei Biqiu, director of the nature reserve's management bureau, Hunan Daily reports.

More than 70 percent of the degraded wetland have been effectively resorted, Mei noted during an interview tour participated by nearly 70 reporters exploring the ecological changes in provincial-level regions along the Yangtze River Economic Belt.

The event was co-hosted by the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

The nature reserve is one of the freshwater wetland areas with the richest biodiversity in China, as well as an important overwintering site for migratory birds in East Asia and a germplasm resource bank of freshwater fish in the Yangtze River Basin. 

Between 2015 and 2017, effective measures were taken to clear a vast number of black poplar trees, which were introduced from overseas for the paper making industry but did great harm to the ecological environment. Great efforts were also made to restore the degraded wetland and improve ecosystems.

As a result, the nature reserve's biodiversity has been well-protected, the population of birds, fish and vegetation has been growing and wetland functions have been gradually recovered. 

Dongting Lake, the second-largest freshwater lake in China, comprises three wetlands of international importance.


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