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Newsletter of Securing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China's dongting lake protected areas

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    Terminal evaluation of the project "Securing biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in China’s Dongting Lake Protected Areas
    Project code: GCP/CPR/043/GFF - GEF ID: 4356
    2022
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    This publication presents the findings of the terminal evaluation of the project ‘Securing biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in China’s Dongting Lake Protected Areas’ implemented in China’s Hunan Province. The project was designed to address key barriers to biodiversity conservation. The conclusions highlighted the overall relevance of project design, contribution to biodiversity conservation and strengthening of institutions and networks and the adequate role played by the executing and implementing agencies. Nevertheless, a strong sustainability plan managing existing risks is needed to reinforce sustainability prospects further and certain delays were noted during project implementation that contributed to inefficiencies. Key recommendations made were on the sustainability plan that required finalization and addressing potential risks to long-term impact, the need for the social impact of biodiversity conservation efforts to be fully considered and systematically recorded and that the future project designs should be updated with operational partners to address any contextual changes.
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    Mid-term evaluation of “Securing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use in China's Dongting Lake Protected Areas”
    GCP/CPR/043/GFF
    2019
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    The Dongting Wetlands is China’s second-largest freshwater lake and one of the 200 key global ecozones. Its high biodiversity serves as an important ecosystem for over 120 bird species and many endangered species. It plays an important socioeconomic role in the area as nearly 16 million people live around the lake. Despite the importance of the wetlands, the services it provides are increasingly at risk. Loss of habitat arising from sector conflicts and economic interests of local farmers and fishers has resulted in a decline in wildlife populations and in some cases entire species. FAO intervened to secure the conservation of biodiversity in the area through strengthening existing management efforts and promoting long-term sustainable development. Activities such as hunting, fishing, planting and reclamation have been stopped and most policy level outcome targets for biodiversity have been reached. The mid-term evaluation makes recommendations for the second half of the project, with a particular focus on knowledge management. It recommends a systematic approach to sharing good practices and technical support with learning facilities across the various project sites. GCP/CPR/043/GFF GEF ID: 4356
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    Biodiversity Conservation and Use in China’s Dongting Lake - GCP/CPR/043/GFF 2022
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    China’s second largest freshwater lake, Dongting Lake is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It is listed as one of the 200 most important ecological areas in the world by the World Wide Fund for Nature. It is also an important staging, wintering and feeding site for migratory birds, and provides a breeding ground and sanctuary for important aquatic species. Despite the significance of its highly diverse and productive biodiversity, the globally important ecosystem and the services it provides are increasingly at risk. The major threats on Dongting Lake wetland ecosystem (DWE) include water pollution, overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices, river traffic and sand mining activities, habitat fragmentation caused by reed farming, agricultural conversion and changes in the hydrological cycle. In order to seek effective ways to secure biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the DWE , to achieve harmonious development between humankind and nature, and to promote the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation, the current project was implemented, which is also in line with FAO's principle of “better production, better nutrition, a better environment , and a better life.

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