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Friday, January 14 2022 - 14:48
Focusing on the Protection of Wetlands in Coastal Areas, the World Coastal Forum was Held in Yancheng
YANCHENG, China, Jan. 14, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The World Coastal Forum was held in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province January 10-11, 
both online and offline. With the theme of "Harmonious Coexistence: To Build a 
Community of Life for Human and Nature", the protection of coastal wetlands was 
thoroughly discussed to build a global ecological civilization, according to 
the organizing committee of the World Coastal Forum.

The increase of human coastal development activities and the aggravation of the 
impact of climate change has become a zone with a sharp decline in 
biodiversity, fragile ecosystem and frequent natural disasters, and the 
ecological protection of the coastal area has become a common global challenge. 

International organizations such as the Convention on Wetlands of International 
Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat, Convention on Biological Diversity, 
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and 
International Union for Conservation of Nature have called for the holding of a 
global coastal forum to promote coastal ecological protection and sustainable 
development focusing on wetlands. 

In response to the call of the international community, the Chinese government 
has taken the lead in hosting the World Coastal Forum to share successful 
experiences with relevant parties in the international community and promote 
joint protection actions. The forum conducted in-depth discussions on 
forward-looking, pragmatic, and leading issues such as coastal wetlands, 
migratory birds, climate change, marine blue carbon, and biodiversity, to 
contribute wisdom and experience to the building of a community of life for 
human and nature.

Initiative on the Establishment of World Coastal Forum adopted by this forum 
has been recognized and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of 
the United Nations, the cooperation organization for the Convention on Wetlands 
of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat, International 
Union for Conservation of Nature, other international organizations in Russia, 
South Korea, France, relevant government departments, embassies of relevant 
countries in China, and representatives of international cities, who have 
expressed congratulations on the convening of the forum by video. At the same 
time, China has been appreciated for the efforts in the field of international 
cooperation in environmental protection.

Source: The Organizing Committee of the World Coastal Forum