Supporting Youth Education on Wetland Protection

May 4, 2017

Ethnic performance by the Maotan students at the launching ceremony. photo Credit: Qian Lixin

April 20th, Anhui - To educate youngsters living close to an important wetland protected area in Anhui Province, the “Guichi Maotan School of Wetland” initiative was launched in late April together by the United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Anhui Wetland project and the Shibasuo provincial nature reserve (NR) management office.

Shibasuo Provincial Nature Reserve possesses important wetland ecosystems and provides habitats for many migrating birds in the winter, this includes endangered species such as white hooded crane and black storks. Situated adjacent to the Shibasuo Provincial Nature Reserve, Maotan Elementary School has organized various activities on wetland and wildlife protection in the community.

To better support the school’s efforts on raising the awareness on biodiversity protection, the GEF Anhui project and the Shibasuo NR management office decided to sign an agreement with the school to provide consultation about regulations and policies concerned, technical support and facilities for the wetland protection education. A series of publicity and educational activities regarding wetland protection will be held accordingly.

“Our experts gave high praise to the Shibasuo community on their efforts in wetland protection during the mid-term evaluation,” said Leng Fei, GEF Anhui Wetland Project Manager, “Shjbasuo NR is one of our project’s demonstration site. So when the school asked for support on their educational efforts on wetland protection, we decided to provide more comprehensive help in this, to provide both technical support and expert consultation to their activates.”

Strengthening the Effectiveness of the Wetland Protected Area (WPA) System in Anhui Province  is a sub-project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects. The five-year project was launched in 2013 in response to the existing and emerging threats to the globally significant biodiversity and essential ecosystem services.

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