Beijing Becomes One of Metropolises With Richest Biodiversity in World, Boasting More Than 60,000 Hectares of Wetlands

On February 2, 2024, the 28th World Wetlands Day was celebrated under the theme of "Wetlands and Human Wellbeing". Beijing Municipal Forestry and Parks Bureau announced that the city has successfully restored over 2,300 hectares of wetlands since the start of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) period.


In 2023, Beijing launched several wetland restoration projects, including Changgou National Spring Wetland Park in Fangshan District, Shahe Wetland Park in Changping District, and Wenyuhe Park. These projects resulted in the restoration of a total of 741 hectares of wetlands, bringing the total size of wetlands in Beijing to 60,900 hectares in accordance with the standards prescribed in the Wetlands Conservation Law of the People's Republic of China. The city has also established a comprehensive rating system for wetlands, providing a habitable environment for nearly half of the plant species and 76 percent of the wildlife species in Beijing. These efforts have made Beijing a city with the richest biodiversity in the world.


In the 14th Five-Year Plan period, Beijing will strengthen efforts in wetland conservation and restoration, with a focus on the development of Wild Duck Lake Wetland which is included in the list of new internationally important wetlands, Changgou National Spring Wetland Park in Fangshan District, Wenyuhe Park, and other wetland parks in the city. Meanwhile, Beijing will utilize the limited space well and make more efforts to restore micro and small-sized wetlands, so as to constantly improve the ecological quality of the city's wetlands.

(Source: Beijing Daily App, Beijing Municipal Forestry and Parks Bureau)