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1 Development of policy guidelines for the management of wetlands in China Richard PRICE Kiri-ganai Research, Australia

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3 Area and Proportion of China s Wetlands 湿地总面积及比例 ( 万公顷 )(Total = 38.48m ha) Reservoirs & Pond 2.28 mil. ha 库塘湿地 6% Coastal 5.94 mil. ha 滨海湿地 36% 22% 15% 21% River 8.20 mil. ha 河流湿地 Mashes mil ha 沼泽湿地 Lake 8.35 mil. ha 湖泊湿地

4 Examples of pressures: Qinhu Wetlands 1 km Industrial pollution Intensive aquaculture Urban encroachment Intensive agriculture

5 China s long-term wetland goals (2030): 1) To raise the total number of wetland nature reserves to 713, including 80 Ramsar Sites 2) Have more than 90% of natural wetlands effectively conserved

6 The project objectives 1.Develop 5 sets of guidelines for: (1) management planning and (2) monitoring of Internationally Important Wetlands, the (3) construction and (4) assessment of National Wetland Parks (5) wetland restoration 2.Strengthen institutional co-ordination mechanisms for wetland management in China 3.Contribute to the develop related national policy

7 Project structure ACEDP Wetlands Project Team Richard Price (Project Director) Doug Watkins (Technical leader) Chinese Office of Wetland Conservation & Management (State Forestry Administration) Policy & support Chen Kelin (China Policy & Liaison) Don Blackmore (Policy) Alison Russell-French (Policy, Gender & Participation) Amanda Bigelow (Gender & Participation) Technical Ramsar Guidelines Lei Guangchun Tian Kun Warren Lee Long Wetland Parks Guidelines Yuan Jun Li Xiaowen John Howes Restoration Guidelines An Shuqing Tony Sebastian Chen Jing (China Liaison & Support) Judy Andrews (Australian Liaison & Support) Wetland Coordination Mechanisms Yuan Jun Zhang Xiaohong John Howes Ecological Character Description Lei Guangchun Tian Kun Warren Lee Long

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9 Achievements to date: Policy Prepared and reviewed draft Guidelines focussed wetland management (maintaining ecological character) identified the fit within the broader policy framework Reinvigorated the national coordination mechanism for wetlands National Implementation of the Ramsar Convention Committee Piloted wetland management coordination arrangements at provincial / municipal level

10 Nature Reserve Regulations Ministry of Environment Protection State Council Ramsar matters NIRCC (Supported by OWCM, SFA) Policy: Ramsar Wetlands Various National Government Agencies Various National Government Agencies Master Plan for each National Nature Reserve Guideline on Monitoring of Ramsar Sites Guideline on Management Planning for Ramsar Sites Ecological Character Description

11 ACCREDITED NWP OPERATIONAL PHASE PROVISIONAL NWP OPERATIONAL PHASE CONCEPT / DEVELOPMENT PHASE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF NATIONAL WETLAND PARK PROPOSAL (by Provincial or Local authorities) PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT OF A MASTER PLAN SUBMISSION OF MASTER PLAN FOR SFA APPROVAL APPROVAL OF MASTER PLAN BY SFA Policy: National Wetland Parks USE OF CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES CONSTRUCTION OF NWP BASED ON MASTER PLAN AND DESIGN DOCUMENT OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF NWP (FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO 6 YEARS?) RE-APPLICATION USE OF ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES ASSESSMENT OF NWP OPERATIONS FOR ACCREDITATION BY SFA 6 8 year re-accreditation cycle ACCREDITATION OF NWP BY SFA (for specific period)

12 Scenario 1 Site for restoration has been selected Assessment of the site Set objective Develop proposal Scenario 2 Objective of restoration has been set Assessment of the locality Select site (s) Policy: Wetland Restoration Approval of proposal Feasibility study Social & Environmental Assessments Formulate Restoration Master Plan Objectives Targets/goals Methodologies Budgets Workplans Implement wetland restoration

13 Achievements to date: Partnerships

14 Achievements to date: Capacity Building

15 Observations The OWCM in China plays a vital role in focusing effort on wetland policy and management The need for the Guidelines as a means of moving towards China s wetland policy aspirations has been reinforced Capacity at the local level to help achieve the aspirations is limited Fortunately, the science capacity is exceptional and filling some gaps in local expertise but this is not sustainable Local aspirations for wetlands can challenge the achievement of national plans

16 Recommendations There is great value in adopting (and enhancing) the Ecological Character Description and ecosystem services approach as the underpinning framework for wetland policy and management in China There is an urgent need to address the lack of capacity at the local site level in order to ensure successful compliance with the guidelines The Central Government should build on the NIRCC framework to enhance the positive contribution that many agencies can make to sustainable wetland management

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