The 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP14) is scheduled to be held from Nov 5 to 13 in Wuhan, Hubei province, in which the wetlands in Guangdong province will be among the conference's many topics.
Guangdong boasts a wetland area of 178,900 hectares. The wetland areas in the cities of Zhanjiang, Jiangmen, Yangjiang, Maoming, and Zhuhai account for 74.96 percent of the province's total.
Wanlyu Lake National Wetland Park in Heyuan, Guangdong province. [Photo/WeChat account: gh_81541910ceb1]
It now has four internationally important wetlands, with a total area of 67,900 hectares and a wetland area of 29,600 hectares, two nationally important wetlands that cover a total area of 46,400 hectares and a wetland area of 38,900 hectares, as well as 15 provincially important wetlands, which span a total area of 155,400 hectares and a wetland area of 92,300 hectares.
Mangrove forests in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. The mangrove forests cover an area of 159,600 mu (10,640 hectares) in Guangdong, making it the province with the largest mangrove distribution area in China. [Photo/WeChat account: gh_81541910ceb1]
Kongjiang National Wetland Park in Guangdong. [Photo/WeChat account: gh_81541910ceb1]