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Saturday, December 18 2021 - 10:52
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The Power of Wetlands Launched -- feel the Power of Wetlands in migratory bird international airport
NANJING, China, Dec. 17, 2021/Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On December 16, 2021, The Power of Wetlands, the 5th chapter of the "Jiangsu 
Culture" series of micro-documentaries, produced by the Information Office of 
Jiangsu Provincial People's Government and Yancheng Municipal People's 
Government, was launched. This micro-documentary focuses on the vast tidal flat 
scenery and the living conditions of "Wetland Elves" such as red-crowned cranes 
and wild milu (Pere David's Deer), showing the unique natural beauty of 
Yancheng and the "Chinese Template" through a lens.

There is a "Migratory Bird International Airport" on the Yellow Sea in 
Yancheng, Jiangsu, China. Every year, hundreds of thousands of wintering 
migratory birds take off and land on this coastal tidal flat to replenish 
energy. As a key hub for East Asia-Australia migratory bird migration, this 
place has become a paradise for "birdwatchers".

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China 
(Phase I) is located are Yancheng. It is the first world natural heritage of 
coastal wetlands in China. Every winter, 200,000-300,000 birds find a perch on 
this essential stop in East Asia-Australasian migration. A sea breeze and the 
daily tide take turns to sweep the vast beaches. The 582-kilometre coastline 
has created a unique group of radial sand ridges. This area provides habitats 
for 23 species of birds of international importance and supports the survival 
of 17 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, including one 
critically endangered species, five endangered species and five vulnerable 
species. These birds have helped the wetlands to attract worldwide attention. 
As a kind of "bird haven", the wetlands represent one of China's closest 
connections with the world's natural heritage. In 2019, it received approval 
for inclusion on the World Heritage List. This is China's first and the world's 
second intertidal wetland world heritage, filling the gap in coastal wetland 
type world heritage. 

Wu Qijiang, Director of Yancheng Wetland and World Natural Heritage Protection 
Center said that Yancheng Yellow Sea Wetland is the largest coastal wetland in 
the Western Pacific. Yancheng's application to become a world heritage site is 
also intended to better protect these wetlands. There are valuable lessons to 
draw from the international community. 

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Source: Information Office of Jiangsu Provincial People's Government

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