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Cixi Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre

Cixi Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre

Name of organisation: Cixi Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre

Funding support: Local government ( Hangzhou Bay New Zone of Ningbo Municipality )

Number of staff: 25

Number of visitors per year: 

Overall aims of the centre

(1)       To conserve and protect all threatened habitats and species occurring at Cixi Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre.

            (2)        To maintain, and where appropriate, increase the value of all other natural and man-made habitats occurring at the CHBWC without compromising Objective 1.

            (3)        To maximize the diversity of habitats and associated diversity of native species on the reserve without compromising Objective 1.

            (4)        To maintain features of historical and cultural value.

            (5)        To provide education and training facilities, and actively promote and encourage environmental education at all levels on-site without compromising Objectives 1, 2 and 3.

            (6)        To accommodate visitor access to the CHBWC without compromising its conservation value.

            (7)        To promote research, particularly where it will help realize Objectives 1 and 2.

            (8)        To regularly review the management plan in the light of results from monitoring programmes and research.

Description of the centre

Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre which is one of the eight coastal wetlands in China, is a mystifying and beautiful place with stunning and picturesque nature. .

There are many types of wetlands in Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre, including inter-tidal mud flats, offshore sand islands, reclaimed artificial wetland and ponds.  Within the region, Andong tidal mud flat is listed as China National Important Wetlands. Because of plant species diversity and abundance of benthos, there are more than 170 species of migratory birds, many of them are endangered and rare species are attracted to this habitat and stop over here annually between East Asia Australasian flyway. The Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre is thus known as “bird paradise “.

The unique geographical location and good ecological environment of Hangzhou Bay Wetland Center has caught the attention of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). After several visits and study, GEF has selected Hangzhou Bay Wetland Center as the demonstration project for the reduction of land-based pollution sources in East Asian Seas. GEF has granted 4 million USD for the wetland restoration and build the center to be the international important wetlands and an international famous site for bird-watching.

Hangzhou Bay Wetland Center consists of 43.5 km2, which composes of three areas, including reclaimed artificial wetland, inter-tidal mud flats, offshore sand islands. The 333.33 hectares wetland restoration project in the reclaimed land has been completed, includinga 7110 m2 Environmental Education Centre anda 63 hectares Public Demonstration Area were also built. The Center was formally opened on June 18, 2010. Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre focuses on environmental education, ecological protection and wetland tourism. The center plays an important and significance role in environmental education, promotion of low carbon living, development of eco-tourism and promoting economic sustainable development and coexistence of  human being and nature

4.3km2; Restoration of Freshwater wetland and nature inter-tital Mudflat and Shore birds and Ducks; Plan to disign a 1000 m2 exhibit on wetland within a Environmental Education Center in 2011 ; target 200,000; The CHBWC is located immediately to the west of the Hangzhou Bay Great Bridge in Cixi City, Zhejiang

Main CEPA work areas

Action 1: Develop interpretation booklets, brochures, posters, DVDs, stationary, and small gifts on the topics of wetland from ecological, social, economical and cultural perspectives for the visitors, including students.

Action 2: Develop EE toolkit on wetlands to support pilot schools programs. Ensure that materials developed for formal education should be effectively integrated into existing curricula.

Action 3: Develop additional EE resources in flexible forms such as calendar, interactive games, screen saver, music on wetland related topics for web-based free download.

Action 4: Develop on-site interactive EE activities based on the 10 themed scenic spots in Zone A mainly for the students and family visitors.

Action 5: Make all of the above resources available via the CHBWC website.

Action 6: Establish a library / resource centre in the EEC building.

Action 7: CHBWC EE Steering Committee propose the pilot school network program to the Cixi Education Bureau.

 

Action 8: Formalize agreement between CHBWC and Cixi Education Bureau on pilot schools network.

 

Action 9: Identify 5 pilot schools in the CHBWC EE network by 2011.

 

Action 10: Train and familiarize school teachers with EE concepts, especially focused on wetlands on regular basis.

 

Action 11: Organize CHBWC EE pilot schools wetland festivals, summer camp, painting /photography/story/music competitions on site in summer vacation, Earth Day, Environmental Day, Wetland Day, Biodiversity Day etc. This helps to involve students from wider community.

 

Action 12: Support pilot schools to develop learning materials on wetlands as school-based curriculum by providing experts consultation and updated research findings.

Top three successes

 

Top three challenges

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

PR and marketing; Running effective administration;Fund-raising; Project planning.

Hu Tian; Cixi Hangzhou Bay Wetland Centre, 100m West of administration of Hangxhou Bay Bridge, Cixi City, Zhejiang, P.R. China 315326; cixigef@163.com; +86-574-63078284; +86-574-63078281

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2 Comments
  1. Hello there,

    I am an IB Environmental Science and Society teacher at Yew Chung International School of Shanghai. The IB Biology teachers and myself are interested in discussing the possibility of conducting field work on the wetland. Is this something that can be arranged and if so, who should i contact to discuss specific.

    Thank you for your assistance,
    Curtis Young

  2. Hello Curtis, I will send you a quick e-mail, but try contacting Hu Tian at the e-mail address above. If you don’t get any reply, please let me know and I will try to find an alternative, Best, Chris

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