Dong dongting hu

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Dong dongting hu

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    190,000 ha
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    29°19'N 112°57'E
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Dong dongting hu. 31/03/92; Hunan; 190,000 ha; 29º19’49”N 112º59’0”E. National Nature Reserve. A freshwater lake with numerous smaller lakes and ponds, marsh, swamp and wet grassland fed by flooding from the Yangtze and four other rivers. The wetland is an important migration stopover site and wintering area for the critically endangered Siberian Crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus), the endangered Oriental Stork (Ciconia boyciana), and 12 other globally threatened waterbirds, and represents an important refuge for the critically endangered Chinese Sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis) and the vulnerable Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides). About 100 Finless Porpoises live in the wetland, which accounts for 10% of the populations found in the Yangzte River catchment. Freshwater fish aquaculture and fishing are very important to local economic development. A comprehensive coordinating mechanism committee for conserving the Dongting Lake was established in 2007. Ramsar Site no. 551. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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    • national nature reserve
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