China News Service, Fangchenggang, February 28 (Bu Xiaozhao) The sea breeze is blowing and the mangroves are swaying. Walking along the coastline of the Red Sand Ring and Shanxin Sand Island in Xiwan, Fangchenggang City, Guangxi, the lush mangroves beside you stretch into the sea. This place was once "dirty". The appearance of "chaos, chaos and difference" has now taken on a completely new look.

The red sand ring ecological seawall in Xiwan, Fangchenggang City.

Photo by Huang Cuiyi

  From February 26 to February 27, the 2024 Guangxi Environmental Protection Century Tour event entered Fangchenggang City, Guangxi. The media interview team followed the special research team of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to conduct on-site visits to the city’s marine ecological protection and restoration results.

  Fangchenggang City has more than 530 kilometers of coastline, and coastal resources are the foundation and essence of this municipality.

Before the ecological remediation, the coast of Saiwan Red Sand Ring was affected by waves, storm surges and surrounding urban construction. Coastal erosion was severe and ecological functions were missing, which seriously affected the ecological landscape of Saiwan sea area.

  Since 2012, Fangchenggang City has implemented restoration and construction projects such as ecological revetment, stone revetment, dike foot fish reef, wooden boardwalk, artificial lagoon wetland, semi-mangrove community restoration, and salt marsh grass restoration for the Hongshahuan Ecological Seawall, gradually building a It is an ecological seawall that integrates coastal protection, biodiversity and ecological restoration, landscape optimization, and leisure science popularization.

Overlooking the red sand ring ecological seawall in Xiwan, Fangchengang City (drone aerial photography).

Photo by Bu Xiaozhao

  Tang Shangping, deputy director of the Oceanographic Bureau of Fangchenggang City, Guangxi, introduced in an interview with reporters that the Xiwan Red Sand Ring Ecological Seawall Project was successfully selected into the top eight global coastal ecological disaster reduction synergies jointly selected by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the World Conservation Union in September 2023. One of the international cases, promoted to the world.

Aerial photography of Xinsha Island in Fangchenggangshan, Guangxi (data map).

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  Located on Shanxinsha Island in Shanxin Village, Qisha Town, the sky is blue, the water is clear, and the lush casuarinas rustle with the sea breeze.

Due to its high-quality and diverse coastal wetland habitats such as mangroves, muddy tidal flats, and beaches, Shanxinsha Island has become one of the most important waterbird habitats along the coast of Guangxi and an important transit point on the East Asia-Australasia bird migration route. and wintering grounds.

Xinsha Island in Fangchenggang Mountain attracts migratory birds (data map).

Photo by Luo Sheng

  According to reports, after the completion of the Shanxinsha Island Ecological Island Reef Project, the island area expanded from 4.1 hectares in 2017 to 9.2 hectares.

The ecological sand-blocking embankment plays a role in preventing waves and fixing sand, and newly planted coastal plants such as mangroves, pittosporum, and saddle vine have also grown to a large scale, continuously improving the surrounding ecological environment and increasing the island's biodiversity.

  In order to consolidate the construction results, representatives from the Shanxin Village People's Congress Representative Liaison Station and village committee cadres conduct inspections from time to time to carry out environmental improvements around Shanxinsha Island and clean up marine garbage.

  "In recent years, Shanxinsha Island has attracted more migratory birds to spend the winter here. Among them, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, a rare bird in the world, also appears frequently, which fully reflects the continuous improvement of the island's ecological environment." Qisha Town Chen Bo, deputy director of the Shanxin Village People’s Congress Representative Liaison Station, said.