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Thriving wetland park nurtures wildlife

By QIN FENG, Quan Zhanfu in Xi'an | | Updated: 2024-06-25 20:45
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Scenic views of Nanniwan National Wetland Park in Nanniwan township, Yan'an, Shaanxi province, on Monday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Nanniwan National Wetland Park is located within the jurisdiction of Nanniwan township, Yan'an, Shaanxi province. The park consists of three categories of wetlands: Riverine wetlands, marsh wetlands and artificial wetlands, covering an area of about 1,044 hectares. It is a composite ecosystem of wetlands, paddy fields and forests, preserving a relatively intact wetland ecosystem that covers a variety of vegetation including terrestrial plants, wetland and aquatic plants, floating-leaved plants and submerged plants. Located in the arid and semi-arid areas of northern Shaanxi, such a complete wetland ecosystem is particularly valuable and serves as a demonstration case for soil and water conservation and wetland ecological restoration on the Loess Plateau.

As the eco-environment within the park improves, it now serves as an important habitat for many animals, with the number of precious bird species such as the egret, and heron witnessing a notable increase. National first-level protected animals like the oriental white stork and black Stork were also seen foraging at the park.

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