The Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf in Jiangsu is China's first coastal wetland "World Natural Heritage" and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2019. Our concept of sustainable utilization is based on the definition of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Under the guidance of the concept, we have set aside 720 acres of lands to create China's first fixed migratory bird habitat at high tide level through ecological restoration and the formulation of management rules. At the same time, we have strengthened the protection of the 3,000 acres of naturally occurring black-billed gulls' breeding grounds and 10,000 acres of geese and ducks migratory bird habitats at high tide level. Over the past two years, dozens of new species of birds have been to the habitat, reaching more than 400 species.
In order to realize the sustainable development of wetland resources, the Yancheng Wetland and World Natural Heritage Site Conservation and Management Center formulated and released the Yancheng Initiative for Sustainable Development of World Natural Heritage. This center also signed cooperation agreements around the sustainable development of Yancheng Yellow Sea Wetland with a number of colleges and research institutes, including the Chinese Academy of Forestry.
At the same time, the "Cultural and Natural Heritage Day" has been actively established to enhance the awareness of the whole society to care, support and participate in heritage protection. Based on this initiative, Yancheng strives to protect, utilize and pass on the world natural heritage well, so as to promote China's transition from a large country with heritage to a strong one.
The Yancheng Municipal Bureau of Finance and the Yancheng Wetland and World Natural Heritage Site Conservation and Management Center allocate annual funding for pertinent research via the Yellow Sea Wetland Research Project. This project not only elevates the Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of the Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China — a World Natural Heritage site — as a global paradigm of harmonious coexistence of man and nature but also addresses pressing challenges in the protection and management of the Yellow Sea-Bohai GulfWetlands by integrating top-tier talent and research from both domestic and international universities, research institutes, corporations, public institutions, industry associations, and non-profit organizations. Its achievements would be displayed at the World Coastal Forum.