20 June 2017
Located at the northern part of Bohai Bay, Nanpu Wetland consists of natural intertidal mudflats, aquaculture and salt ponds. Many researches confirm it is one of the most important stop-over sites for 350,000 migratory waterbirds to rest and fuel up along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF). Among the 40 shorebird species passing through the Wetland, 22 have their numbers exceeding 1% of their populations in the EAAF, such as Red Knot and Curlew Sandpiper. Therefore, Nanpu Wetland is listed as a “Wetland of Provincial Importance” by The People’s Government of Hebei Province.
In view of the importance and urgency in protecting Nanpu Wetland of Luannan County in Hebei Province, Forestry Department of Hebei Province and The People’s Government of Luannan have been working hard to establish a nature reserve in Nanpu Wetland. On 15th June 2017, Forestry Department of Hebei Province, The People’s Government of Luannan County, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The Paulson Institute (PI) signed a 4-party Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Luannan to work together in the establishment of the Reserve and its future management.
In the coming five years, WWF and PI will provide technical and financial support to the reserve establishment, wetland management and wise use, and environmental education there. Scientific baseline study and master planning will be conducted very soon to prepare the necessary documents for the reserve establishment.