WWT Consulting and Wetland Link International are advising the newly created Tongli National Wetland Park near Shanghai, China. We hope that the site will become a good example of how well-planned and managed wetland parks can lead to wildlife and people co-existing for the benefit of both
Tongli Wetland Park, 80km west of Shanghai, has recently been designated as a National Park, and has big plans to become one of China’s growing number of National Wetland Parks. The site sits between two large lakes, and currently consists of reedbeds, fish ponds, market gardens, a forested area, former rice paddy / aquaculture areas (now developing good wetland habitat full of birds), and some existing villages. The site is unusual in that the local government wants to encourage wetland wildlife, but keep people living and working within its protected area, offering a great opportunity to show how sustainable livelihoods can complement wetland conservation.
The local government contracted Rebecca Woodward and Matthew Simpson from WWT Consulting, and Chris Rostron from Wetland Link International to assess the site in January. Our recommendations to zone the site for maximum wildlife protection, increase the diversity of wetland habitat and sympathetically include tourism and local farming activities were very well received and we hope there may be further involvement for us to assist in taking plans forward.