On the sixth World Wetlands Day Saturday, China contributed to
global conservation by adding 14 newly designated wetland reserves
of international importance, known as Ramsar wetlands.
China became a contracting party of the Ramsar Convention in 1992,
pledging to take part in the coordinated international conservation
action for protecting wetlands. The first batch of seven pieces of
China's wetlands was added to the List of Wetlands of International
Importance in the same year.
The State Forestry Administration (SFA) of China has set up a
Ramsar Convention Implementing Office to take charge of promoting
international cooperation in this field.
The 14 newly designated sites have been evaluated and recognized by
the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as the 71st "Gift to the Earth."
the celebration meeting of the "World Wetlands Day" held by the WWF
and the SFA in Beijing on Saturday, a WWF representative presented
the "Gift to the Earth" certificate to Zhou Shengxian, director of
This "Gift" brought the total number of China's Ramsar wetlands to
21, with a combined coverage of three million hectares.
The "Gift" is WWF's highest accolade to applaud globally
significant actions on behalf of the international community, and
is to highlight both the conservation leadership shown by China and
the contribution your country is making towards the protection of
the natural world, said Claude Martin, the director general of the
WWF International, in his message for China's Wetlands Day
The theme of the celebration is "wetlands, water, life and
China presently has 66 million hectares of wetlands, accounting for
one tenth of the world's total. The country plans to set up another
333 wetland reserves in the next 10 years to bring the total to
643, which will protect over 90 percent of China's natural wetland
Daily February 3, 2002)