Wetland Convention Conference (COP14) Series | Wetland Protection Network Forum Successfully Held

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On November 9, the 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (COP14) Wetland Conservation Network Forum was held online, with the theme of "Wetland Network for High-quality Development of Wetland Conservation in China". The 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands was held from 5 to 13 November in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme of "Cherish Wetlands, Harmonious Coexistence between man and Nature". The Wetland Conservation Network Forum is one of the forums of the conference.


The forum was guided by the Department of Wetland Management of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, co-sponsored by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Paulson Institute (PI), and co-organized by the China Wetland Conservation Association, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Conservation International (CI) and the Inner Mongolia Lao Niu Foundation. Representatives and experts from the provinces and municipalities of the Yangtze River Basin, Yellow River Basin, coastal and Heilongjiang basin wetland protection network attended the meeting. This is the first time that China's wetland conservation networks have jointly held the conference, aiming to pool the experience of each network and the wisdom of various stakeholders, share the experience and practical actions of wetland conservation, 

help China's wetland conservation innovation, and jointly build a community of human and natural life.

In the opening speech, Yang Fengwei, second-level Inspector of the Department of Wetland Management of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Niu Hongwei, Director of the Nature and Environmental Protection Program of PI, Stuart Orr, Director of the Freshwater Program of WWF, and Zhang Xiaoquan, Chief Scientific Officer of TNC China, made speeches successively, pointing out the severity of wetland degradation in various regions and the importance of wetland conservation. It is an inevitable path to strengthen cooperation and international exchanges among China's wetland networks.


In the keynote speech, the participants shared their experience in wetland conservation, which aims to lay the foundation for the formation of synergy among watershed networks.

During the keynote speech, the participating experts exchanged experiences and cases on wetland protection in the Yellow River, Yangtze River, Binhai and Heilongjiang basins, and learned from each other.

During the round table discussion, An Yaqiang, Secretary General of Lao Niu Foundation, Terry Townshend, Consultant of PI, Yang Fangyi, Project Director of IUCN China Office, Zhang Cheng, Project Director of CI, and Li Qian, Conservation Director of TNC Henan Project, exchanged views on the theme of "Bringing together efforts to protect wetlands and help Build a Community of Human and Nature Life". "Lao Niu Foundation has participated in the establishment of China's coastal wetland protection network, and has carried out projects in the Yangtze River wetland protection Network and the Yellow River wetland protection Network. Mainly from wetland research, policy advocacy, conservation strategy formulation, personnel training, conservation network construction, waterbird database construction, wetland type public protection area construction, nature education center construction, mangrove restoration and protection and other related work ". He proposed to build a 2.0 version of the national wetland protection network platform based on the "two horizontal and one vertical" version 1.0 network and combined with the new pattern of "three districts and four zones" national land planning. We will promote more convenient and effective exchanges and interactions between relevant parties on a larger scale. To play a positive role in promoting the high-quality development of wetland protection scientifically, systematically and comprehensively ".


Participants had in-depth discussions on wetland conservation work and the value of wetland conservation, how to form interaction and synergy among river basins, attract more social participation, and suggestions on the next step of wetland network protection. The participants had a better understanding of the future of wetland conservation network as a form of conservation, and also pointed out the direction for the next step of wetland conservation work in each region.

During the release session of the conference results, PI released a video titled "Saving Migration Routes", which tells a moving story of the Yellow (Bohai) Sea area's rejuvenation from despair to hope, centering on the recent conservation achievements such as the ban on reclamation of China's coastal wetlands and the listing of important migratory bird habitats on the World Heritage List.


WWF publishes manuals on habitat management and habitat monitoring, detailing management procedures, planning implementation and evaluation, how to monitor, analysis and application of monitoring results, etc., to help protected area managers understand the management of wetlands and "what is the use of this wetland", so that they can communicate more effectively with higher authorities, the general public and publicity agencies.