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COP14 Held in Wuhan
- Time of issue:2022-11-11 16:29
This year marks the 30th anniversary of China's accession to the Convention of Wetlands. From November 5 to 13, Wuhan in Hubei province, as the main venue of the meeting, hosts the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP14).
It is the first time that such a meeting is being held in China. The theme for this year is "Wetlands Action for People and Nature".
Located at the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Hanjiang River, Wuhan is home to numerous rivers and hundreds of lakes. Wetlands in Wuhan now span 162,000 hectares, which cover 18.9 percent of the city's total area and make Wuhan deserve its reputation as "the city of wetland".
Official data showed that the wetland welcomed 85,000 migratory birds in January, ranking first among wetlands in Wuhan and second in Hubei province. This marked an increase of about 45,000 compared with 2019.
Every autumn and winter, when the river recedes, Wuhan Tianxingzhou Wetland becomes a paradise for migratory birds. Free-flying water birds, reeds swaying in the wind, relaxed anglers and skyscrapers on both sides of the river form a harmonious and wonderful urban ecological picture.
To better protect the "waterfowl paradise", non-profit organizations such as the Wuhan Birdwatching Association set up a service team voluntarily. Volunteers of the team held a variety of activities at the island regularly to raise tourists' awareness about bird protection.
For many local residents, visiting the East Lake and touring the greenway have become their weekend routines.
The East Lake Greenway, with a total length of 101.98 kilometers, connects more than 100 attractions in the scenic area. It is not only a good destination for citizens to ride and hike, but has stamped out the problem of lake encroachment by securing the shorelines.
(From Wuhan Immigration Service Center)
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