CCAfa (China Conservation Area for Something at Somewhere)

Introduction of CCAfa

CCAfa is the acronym for “China Conservation Area for something at somewhere”. The first CCAfa in China was founded on April 18, 2016 to protect great bustard in Changyuan Henan Province. It is the beginning of CBCGDF’s process of setting up conservation area across the country. We are devoted to establishing more conservation areas covering flora and fauna, cultural relics and ecological system. Over seven months, we have built 26 CCAfas nationwide to fully mobilize and rally the government and folk efforts to jointly contribute to the cause of protecting biological diversity.

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China Conservation Area for Relic Gulls at Tianjin

Around 90% Relic Gulls winters on the tidal wetlands near New-Eco City in Binhai district in Tianjin, which causes wide public concern. Wang Jianming, a Photographer and a bird lover in Tianjin, has long engaged in the ecological conservation of the wetland of relic gulls. He explained the knowledge of relic gulls to the local university students and emphasized the importance of the conservation for migrant birds. He has recorded the change of ecological wetland for over twenty years which is also the record of an environmental protection volunteer’s experience. He was named as “the most beautiful guardian for the Binhai wetland” by the World Wildlife Fund and other NGOs. Wang Jianmin applied for China Conservation Area for Relic Gulls at Tianjin in 2016 summer.

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According to the CCAfa director, the length of coastline in Tianjin is 153 kilometers long and now there is only 20 kilometers left. “We should keep intertidal wetlands to save more living space for relic gulls and other waterfowls.” He emphasized that the protection of biological diversity, natural environmental and coastal beaches is important so that our future generations could appreciate the view of this natural heritage by themselves instead of by pictures. On Oct 15, CBCGDF and China Social Assistance Foundation and Let the Migratory Birds Fly Foundation jointly held the seminar for the protection of relic gulls, which is also the sign ceremony for the establishment of “CCAfa for Relic Gulls in Tianjin”. Experts and representatives majoring on relic gulls across the country discussed about the establishment of long-term mechanism for relic gulls protection, and went on field inspection of wintering habitat for gull relics along the beach in new area. “CCAfa for Relic Gulls in Tianjin” was set up on the same day to focus on the protection for relic gulls to survive winters in Tianjin.

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China Conservation Area for Waterfowls at Tangshan

China has the most categories of flora and fauna all over the world. There are 86,575 species, including 35,905 in flora and most of them belong to the migratory species. However, due to factors like climate change, humans’ activities, etc, the habitats for migratory species become smaller and smaller and the number of rare species also decreases. It is high time that we protect birds.

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As Tian Zhiwei put, “People have to build an awareness of protecting birds.” He also said we should establish CCAfa to offer birds free and comfortable areas and call on more and more people to take active part in it. Tian as a veteran has been working on the protection of waterfowls for thirteen years. More than 30 species of forest birds, 10 species of birds of prey and 50 species of waders were saved in Daqinghe rescue station. His hometown Leting county is located in south eastern Tangshan, an important stop for migratory birds. There are nine routes for migratory birds in the world and the route passing through Tangshan is one of them. Tian was accompanied by birds since childhood. All year around he makes inspection tour along the path, does search on the surviving situation of birds on wetland, stops poachers and advocates the importance of protecting birds to the locals.

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As the director of CCAfa for waterfowls in Tangshan, he took part in the 10th International Conference on Wetland and took CCAfa as an example to introduce the the volunteering work of Chinese NGOs to the wetland conservation experts and people protecting birds around the world. They were highly impressed by his capability to recognize various species of birds fast and accurately.

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