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A place in the national list showcases Wenzhou's ecological excellence

ALMS|Updated: November 16, 2023

Longgang Mangrove Wetland Park has earned a spot in the recently-announced list of 29 new wetlands of national importance by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. Spanning approximately 30 hectares, this mangrove ecosystem, one of China's northernmost, stands out for its superior quality and leading quantity. It sequesters an impressive 570 tons of carbon per year, contributing an ecological economic value of around 890 million yuan ( $122.77 million ).

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The wetland park absorbs hundreds of tons of carbon per year. [Photo/]

Mangroves, celebrated as a unique ecological treasure, serve not only as breathtaking landscapes but also as vital guardians of coastlines, ensuring ecological stability and biodiversity. The wetland park in Longgang, a county-level city in Wenzhou, is home to 26 vascular plant species and 69 wildlife species, including nationally protected species.

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The park serves as a leisure home to many species. [Photo/]

Wenzhou, which is striving to become an international wetland city, currently boasts 223,300 hectares of wetlands, including one wetland of international importance and one of international importance. Notably, on the 27th International Wetland Day, the Nanji Archipelago Wetland secured a spot on the list of wetlands of international importance, making it the second world-class wetland in Zhejiang.

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The park shows Wenzhou's continous achievement in environmental protection. [Photo/]

Wenzhou has consistently improved the status of its mangrove wetlands. Recognized as an example of national marine ecological protection and restoration, Wenzhou's mangroves showcase both aesthetics and value, and the city's wetland protection measures were enacted on Aug 1 in 2023.

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