“增强大兴安岭地区保护地网络的有效管理项目”是“GEF中国湿地保护体系规划型项目” 的子项目之一，全球环境基金赠款金额为 3,544,679 美元，中国政府配套为 23,500,000 美元，项目执行期为 2013 年9月至2018年9月。项目国际执行机构为联合国开发计划署，国内执行机构为国家林业局湿地保护管理中心，实施机构为国家林业局调查规划设计院、内蒙古大兴安岭林业管理局和黑龙江大兴安岭林业管理局，项目示范点为内蒙古根河源国家湿地公园和黑龙江多布库尔国家级自然保护区。
Contributing to Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Daxing’anling Press Conference on the Achievements of the Project“UNDP-GEF Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in Daxing’anling Landscape” Held in Genhe City, Inner Mongolia, China
Inner Mongolia, China, June 24, 2018--The Press Conference on the Achievements of the Project “UNDP-GEF Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in Daxing’anling Landscape” took place in Genhe City, Inner Mongolia, China on June 24, 2018. The event, chaired by Mr. Bao Daming, Chief Engineer of the office of Wetlands Conservation and Management, State Forestry and Grassland Administration, attended by more than 50 representatives from the members of Project Steering Committee, Daxing’anling Biodiversity Conservation Committee, project management offices, demonstration sites, other provincial projects, universities and research institutions, NGOs, local communities and media, etc.
In the opening address, Mr. Liu Guoqiang, Director of the Academy of Forest Inventory and Planning (AFIP), State Forestry and Grassland Administration, noted that, this GEF project is the first international project implemented in Daxing’anling on biodiversity conservation, when the commercial logging is fully banned and the focus is shifted from timber production to ecological development in the state-owned forest areas in Northeast China. The project has provided financial support to promote ecological progress in Daxing’anling. More importantly, it has introduced new ideas, mechanisms, technologies and best practices on ecological conservation in China and beyond, which makes it possible for Daxing’anling to understand better the outside world.
Over the past five years, the project has implemented a large number of exploration and demonstration based activities, focusing on the topics of promoting the process of biodiversity conservation mainstreaming, capacity building, biodiversity survey and monitoring, public education and community co-management. As a result, the size of protected areas has been significantly expanded; the protected areas’ management level has been greatly improved; a sound mechanism on biodiversity conservation has been put in place; the Science &Technology support for biodiversity conservation in Daxing’anling has been strengthened; and the public awareness on biodiversity conservation has been raised. All these have helped promote the ecological progress in the region, Mr. Liu added.
Dr. Ma Chaode, Programme Director of UNDP China fully affirmed the achievements that the project has made in expanding the size of protected areas in Daxing’anling, building the capacity of the staff, carrying out innovative scientific research and raising public awareness, etc. He hoped that the achievements of the project can provide best practices for Daxing’anling and even the whole country to promote its ecological progress, while UNDP will help disseminate the experiences and the project to other countries and regions.
“The GEF Project, as the first international cooperation project on biodiversity conservation in Daxing’anling jointly implemented by Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang, has significantly improved the capacity of protected areas management, and enhanced the exchange and collaboration between the two provinces, ”said Mr. Tian Fengqi, Deputy Director-general of Inner Mongolia Daxing’anling Forestry Management Bureau, “The technical findings of some domestic leading research institutions and universities entrusted by the project have provided theoretical basis and technical support for the protected areas management in the forest areas. Upon the completion of the project, Inner Mongolia Forestry Management Bureau will continue to promote and apply the results of the GEF Project, strengthen the development of protected area system and help achieve the industrial transformation in the forest areas as soon as possible.”
During the Press Conference, representatives from National project offices, the two Provincial Project Management offices and the local communities shared the specific achievements in the project. The invited famous national consultants, representatives of the project beneficiaries and media journalists exchanged information on the project implementation. In addition, a new books launching and donating ceremony was held. These books include: Innovative Management for Wetland Protected Areas in Daxing’anling
- Highlights of GEF Project – “Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in the Daxing’anling Landscape”; Best practices for managing DXAL wetland protected areas- Highlights of GEF Project – “Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in the Daxing’anling Landscape”; Wildlife Tales of Daxing’anling; and Tourism Concessions in Protected Natural Area Guidelines for Managers”
The UNDP-GEF Project “Strengthening the Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network in Daxing’anling Landscape”, as a sub-project of GEF China Wetland PA System Programme, has a GEF donation of USD 3,544,679 and a co-financing of USD 23,500,000 from the Chinese government. Lasting from September 2013 to September 2018, the project is executed internationally by UNDP, executed nationally by the office of Wetlands Conservation and Management, State Forestry and Grassland Administration, and implemented jointly by the Academy of Forest Inventory and Planning (AFIP), Inner Mongolia Daxing’anling Forestry Management Bureau and Heilongjiang Daxing’anling Forestry Management Bureau. The two demonstration sites of the Project are Inner Mongolia Genheyuan National Wetland Park and Heilongjiang Duobukuer National Nature Reserve.
More specifically, the following achievements have been made by the Project:
The size of protected areas in Daxing’anling has been expanded from 3.1003 million hectares to 4.2188 million hectares, up 36.1 percent, in which 1.1185 million hectares of key ecosystems and wildlife habitats have been included in the protected area system. A trans-boundary Daxing’anling Biodiversity Conservation Committee has been established to enhance the coordination on wetland biodiversity conservation between forestry management bureaus in the two provinces, and to promote the implementation of various conservation activities at the landscape level. Local regulations on wetland conservation have been developed thanks to the help of the Project. In addition, a biodiversity monitoring system covering 12 protected areas in the two provinces have been developed to understand the dynamic changes of biodiversity in the region and provide data support for biodiversity conservation and management efforts. Some plans, including Action Plan on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in Daxing’anling, Financing Plan for Protected Areas in Daxing’anling, and Integrated Management Plans for the Two Demonstration Sites in Daxing’anling, have been prepared. A Biodiversity Information Management System has also been developed, and some innovative research projects focusing on assessment of wetland ecosystem service values, permafrost evolution and wetland carbon sequestration in Daxing’anling have been conducted to provide strong technical support for wetland and biodiversity conservation in the region. Inner Mongolia Hanma National Nature Reserve has been listed as a Ramsar site. At the two demonstration sites of the project, some alternative livelihood activities, including eco-tourism and ecological farming have been implemented, which have achieved a win-win situation between ecological and economic benefits, and set a good example in this respect. Various forms of training programs have been organized, covering a wide range of topics, i.e., legislation, resources inventory, species identification, ecological restoration, habitat monitoring, public education, eco-tourism, community co-management and alternative livelihood. More than 1,500 person/times practitioners in protected areas management have been trained. Monitoring and patrolling equipment with a total value of USD 350,000 has been procured for the two demonstration sites, which has helped improve their monitoring and patrolling capabilities. Habitat protection and restoration plan for key species has been prepared and implemented in Daxing’anling. Finally, a large number of public education activities have been carried out to raise public awareness on ecological protection and its values in the region. As a result, the influence of Daxing’anling has been significantly strengthened in China and beyond.