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Nanhui District to build wetlands park

NANHUI District will build a wetlands park between Shanghai's Pudong International Airport and Lingang New City.

The one-square-kilometer park will be built over three years on the north part of the Dongtan Wetlands in southeastern Nanhui. A building for bird-watching and a path will be built on the south part of the wetlands, Jiefang Daily reported today.

Dongtan covers 122.50 square kilometers, stretching from Hangzhou Bay in the south to Pudong New Area in the north. It is an important habitat for birds migrating between East Asia and Australia.

Over 240 bird species have been discovered at Dongtan since 2006, of which 25 are protected species. Five species have been reported which had never been seen in Shanghai before.

However, the number of migratory birds of passage has declined from 57,000 in 2006 to 25,000 in 2008.

The park will be built so that the natural environment is not disturbed and the local ecology is improved, according to Kang Hongli, an official with the Shanghai oasis ecological protection center.

The Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong is a good example for Shanghai's wetlands, according to experts. The local government there has restricted the number of tourists to 30,000 a year.

The total amount of wetlands in Shanghai is 319.71 square kilometers - 5 percent of the total land area.


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