Yancheng National Nature Reserve

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Yancheng National Nature Reserve

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  • Area: 
    453,000 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    33°30'N 120°21'E
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Yancheng National Nature Reserve. 11/01/02; Jiangsu; 453,000 ha; 33°31'N 120°22'E. National Nature Reserve. Comprises the largest coastal wetland in China, expansive mudflats along over 120 kilometres of coastline which supports high biodiversity. About 3 million individuals of 200 bird species are said to migrate through the site annually, and many, particularly Anatidae, winter there. The site provides one of the two largest habitats in China for the Pere David's or Water deer (Elaphurus davidianus), known as "Milu", and is said to support about 10% of the world population of Black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor). The core areas are uninhabited and in natural condition, whereas the buffer and experimental zones include rice fields, fish and shrimp ponds, with about one million people living in and near the site. The site is owned by Yancheng City: the Reserve management has managerial rights over the core area, whilst local governments have managerial rights over the buffer zones, within agreed parameters. Ramsar site no. 1156. Most recent RIS information: 2001.

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  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • national nature reserve
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