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Photo: Liu Youliang
  General Description   Yancheng Biosphere Reserve is located in the central part of the east coast of China in the transition area between the temperate and subtropical zones. The biosphere reserve consists of a coastal beach area extending over 582 km and covering a total area of 280,000 hectares. The main objective of the biosphere reserve, which is also designated as a Ramsar site, is to protect the red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) and its habitats. Among the wintering sites for the crane, Yancheng is the most important since it hosts over a half of the world population.
Some 90,000 people live in the biosphere reserve and about 20,000 tourists visit the biosphere reserve each year (1991). The original coastal wetlands in the biosphere reserve, which used to be its habitat, are threatened with increasing demand of land for food production and economic development. Thus, reed plantations, farmland and aquaculture ponds continue to replace the original wetlands. While reed plantations and artificial ponds are tolerable as habitat for the crane, the decrease of biodiversity is unavoidable.
The integration of resource use and habitat protection will remain the major concern of the biosphere reserve in the future.
  Major ecosystem type   Coastal/marine wetlands; Temperate and sub-polar broadleaf forests or woodlands
  Major habitats & land cover types   Grass and sedge marshes with Scirpus planiculmis, S. triqueter, Carex scabrifolia, Cortaderia celloana and Panicum psilopodium; saline marshes with goosefoot (Suaeda salsa); wetlands dominated by reed (Phragmites australis), pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) and water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), tape-grass (Ottelia alismoides) and buckbean (Nymphoides peltata); grasslands inside the seawall dominated by Imperata cylindrica; plantations of black locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia), Metasequoia sp., China fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) etc.; agroecosystems with barley, wheat, peanuts, cotton etc.
  Location   3220' to 3437'N; 11927' to 12100'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   280,000
  Core area(s)   17,400
  Buffer zone(s)   36,700
  Transition area(s) when given   225,900
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   -3 to +6
  Year designated   1993
  Administrative authorities   State Environmental Protection Administration Government of Yancheng City Administration of Yancheng Nature Reserve
  Brief description   Ecosystem modelling and restoration
Wildlife and fish population dynamics
Effects of water pollutants and pesticides
Research on wetlands and waterbirds
Monitoring of habitats
Tourism impacts
Social science studies
Appropriate rural technology
Habitat management of Yancheng BR using GIS technology
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Habitat, monitoring/methodologies, pollution, pollutants.
  Biodiversity   Birds, fishes, modelling, population genetics/population dynamics, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, wetlands, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Social/Socio-economic aspects, tourism.
  Integrated monitoring   Geographic Information System/GIS, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, management issues, monitoring/methodologies, rural systems.
  Contact address   Song Ming
Yancheng Nature Reserve Administration
No. 16, Dajing Dong Road, Yancheng City
224333 Jiangsu Province
  Telephone   (86.515) 2642202
  Fax   (86.515) 264 2202

Last updated: 12/12/2007

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