Dongying promotes ecological protection of the Yellow River Basin

DONGYING, China, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A report from China Daily:

The Yellow River, China’s second-longest waterway, is widely dubbed a “mother river” in the country. Now, various species of wild birds are joining the Chinese in calling the mighty river their home as they choose to inhabit the river delta.

As a city where the Yellow River flows into the Bohai Sea, Dongying, eastern China shandong The province is working to build a Yellow River Estuary National Park to advance ecological conservation and high-quality development of the river.

The national park, which will cover 2,152 square kilometers of marine area and 1,371 square kilometers of land, will become the first in the country to boast land and sea areas. It will focus on ecological conservation and restoration in the Yellow River Basin.

The Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve in the city will be a key part of the construction of the national park.

With the restoration of the region’s environment over the past two decades, an increasing number of wild birds have taken refuge in the reserve. The reserve covers approximately 153,000 hectares, with wetlands making up more than 70% of its total area. It is an important wintering and stopover site for migrating birds.

“Birds are highly sensitive to the natural environment, and their well-being may reflect environmental conditions. In recent years, the Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve has witnessed an increasing number of birds, which proves that the ecological environment of the reserve is getting better and better, said Zhu Shuyu, a wetland researcher at the Administrative Bureau of the Yellow River Delta Nature Reserve.

The construction of the national park will bring great benefits to the conservation and restoration of wetlands and improve bird habitats, according to Zhu.

The national park will also play an important role in protecting and restoring the biodiversity of the Yellow River Delta, according to Liu Jingdirector of the environmental monitoring center of the nature reserve.

Liu said the increasing number of birds breeding in the nature reserve shows that ecological systems are improving. She added that the good environment has enriched biodiversity, and according to the Delta Nature Reserve, the wetlands are now home to 1,630 species of wildlife and 685 species of plants.

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