China will strengthen protection of wetlands along the Yangtze River economic belt to address pollution and reclamation challenges, said a senior forestry official on Saturday [11 November 2017]. The State Forestry Administration will give more support in wetland restoration and construction of national wetland parks to provinces along the belt, said Wang Zhigao, head of the wetland protection and management center under the administration at an ecological forum in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province…Full Article: Xinhua Nov 2017
- China has approximately 53.6 million hectares of wetlands, with the Yangtze River area accounts for ~20% [~10.7 million ha] of this total.
- The Yangtze River, aptly named the “The Long River” in Chinese, is Asia’s longest river and the third largest overall after the Nile and Amazon rivers. The Yangtze River basin is comparatively well irrigated and contributes nearly one-half of China’s crop production, including more than two-thirds of the total volume of rice. Among the other crops grown are cotton, wheat, barley, corn, and beans.
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