The National Forestry and Grassland Bureau of China (NFGB) has nominated seven more wetlands to be added to the List of Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an international treaty for the conservation of wetlands signed by 170 countries.
The NFGB said the seven nominated wetlands are located in Tianjin, the Inner Mongolia and Tibetan autonomous regions, and in Heilongjiang, Jiangxi, Henan and Gansu provinces. Once listed, the protection of the seven wetlands will be subject to the Ramsar Convention.
According to the NFGB, by the end of 2019, China had 57 listed wetlands of international importance and its total area of wetlands was 53.6 million hectares, with the protection rate exceeding 52 percent.
An unnamed NFGB official told media that they will focus on legislating and strengthening wetland protection, including setting up a hierarchical management system, increasing input and government allowances in wetland protection, conducting small wetland protection in rural areas and promoting the release of a guideline on wetland protection and repair.