Napahai Wetland

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Napahai Wetland

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  • Area: 
    2,083 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    27°51'N 99°38'E
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Napahai Wetland. 07/12/04; Yunnan; 2,083 ha; 27º51'16'' N 099º38'44''E. Provincial Nature Reserve. A seasonal karst marsh composed of meadow, open water, peatlands, and surrounding forests situated at about 3,260m above sea level, with lake outflow through karst caves draining underground into the Jinsha River in the upper reaches of the Yangtze. It is an important wintering site and staging post for numerous wintering birds, supporting over 70,000 birds annually and over 1% of the population of the vulnerable Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis. The region is economically very poor, but in recent years sightseeing and birdwatching have brought significant economic and social benefits, and it is felt that conservation-based ecotourism will benefit the protection of the ecosystem. Overgrazing and logging in the surrounding area are seen as potential threats. Since 2008, 674 ha of vegetation in the meadows and shallow water areas were restored by stabilizing water levels. The management of the reserve have engaged the local community in the conservation of the site by teaching the villagers how to observe birds and identify rare plants. Ramsar site no. 1440. Most recent RIS information: 2012.

Administrative region: 
Yunnan Province

  • National legal designation: 
    • Conservation Site for the Wintering Habitats of the Black-necked Crane
    • Provincial Nature Reserve
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)