China News Agency, Tianjin, February 3rd: Tianjin Wetland Restoration and Treatment Attracts Migratory Birds to "Dance"

  China News Agency reporter Wang Junyan

  In Huanxiu Lake National Wetland Park in Tianjin, the open water surrounded by mountains is covered with thick ice. Rows of bird footprints are densely printed on the ice, forming a winter "ice painting".

The picture shows the Huanxiu Lake National Wetland Park in winter.

(UAV photo) Photo by China News Agency reporter Tong Yu

  On the 27th "World Wetland Day", Tianjin Jizhou Zhouhe and Xiaying Huanxiu Lake National Wetland Parks were officially awarded, marking the official establishment of Tianjin with 4 wetland nature reserves as the basis and 5 wetland type natural parks as supplements wetland protection system.

  "Wetlands are called the 'kidneys of the earth', and they play an important role in water conservation, climate regulation, and biodiversity maintenance." Guo Xiumin, Director of the Wetland Division of Tianjin Planning and Natural Resources Bureau, told reporters that currently, the wetlands in Tianjin The Qilihai and Beidagang Reserves have become national important wetlands, and parts of the Beidagang Wetland have been designated as internationally important wetlands. The wetland protection rate in the city is over 59%.

  As an important hub for migratory birds, a large number of migratory birds migrate from Tianjin every year.

  Wang Jianmin, director of the North Xinjiang Wetland Conservation Center in Binhai New Area, Tianjin, is a "super fan" of the endangered oriental white stork.

He has successfully rescued and released three young oriental white storks, and often shares with reporters the latest "check-in places" of the three oriental white storks migrating south, as well as the latest information about migratory birds and wetlands.

  Wang Jianmin found that with the protection and restoration of wetlands in Tianjin in recent years, the ecological environment has improved, bird species have increased, and the number of oriental white storks has also increased.

The picture shows the awarding ceremony of Huanxiu Lake National Wetland Park.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Tong Yu

  According to the person in charge of the Tianjin Municipal Planning and Natural Resources Bureau, most of the migratory birds migrating through Tianjin are water birds, who like to forage in shoals and shallow water areas.

In order to provide sufficient food for migratory birds, Qilihai, Beidagang, Dahuangbao, and Tuanbo Wetland Nature Reserves have jointly cooperated with scientific research institutions to carry out surveys on biodiversity and important ecological environment elements, and keep abreast of the ecological environment status of habitats and the food sources of migratory birds , scientifically create and regulate a good environment suitable for migratory birds to inhabit.

  According to the latest statistics, the total wetland area of ​​Tianjin is 2,886 square kilometers, including 2,124 square kilometers of land wetlands and 762 square kilometers of sea wetlands.

The Qilihai Reserve has completed reed sea restoration, bird protection, wetland biological chain restoration and construction projects in the core area, and 16,000 mu of wetland vegetation has been restored through natural restoration and artificial assistance.

Beidagang Reserve uses native plants such as reeds and Suaeda salsa to restore wetlands, and treats the invasive species of Spartina alterniflora. Combined with ecological water replenishment and water environment management, the wetland area has increased from 140 square kilometers in 2017 to the current 260. square kilometers.

  According to reports, during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, Tianjin will comprehensively revise the "Tianjin Wetland Protection Regulations" to provide legal protection for wetland protection in Tianjin; formulate and implement the "Wetland Protection Plan" with high standards, and increase the number of natural reserves, wetlands, etc. Protection and restoration of wetland natural reserves such as parks and ocean parks.

  "It is necessary to promote the protection of wetlands in the city, continuously improve the diversity, stability and sustainability of wetland ecosystems, and allow more wetlands to be protected and restored." said Xu Chao, a second-level inspector of the Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources.