Haikou Yangshan Wetland

Yangshan Wetland in Haikou, Hainan’s capital city, has very diverse wetland types, and has been coined a “natural wetland museum”. With Hainan being developed into an international tourism destination, infrastructure projects for real estates and golf courses have escalated in recent years. However, the biodiversity values of Yangshan Wetland were so little known that sensitive species may disappear before they are discovered and documented. Kadoorie Conservation China Department recruited and trained a team of dedicated Haikou volunteers to conduct citizen science biodiversity survey in Yangshan Wetland from 2012 to 2013. The survey recorded high biodiversity including a suite of tropical species found nowhere else in China, highlighting the high ecological, cultural and aesthetic values of Yangshan Wetland. Our survey results received wide media coverage and raised conservation awareness of Yangshan Wetland amongst general public and the authorities, and conservation plans have been formulated to protect this threatened wetland.

The rare aquatic plant Ottelia cordata in Yangshan Wetland