Wuhan to host Ramsar COP14 in 2021

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The East Lake National Wetland Park (photo source: Hubei Daily) 

The 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP14) will be held in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province in 2021, announced on the 57th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention on June 26, 2019.

It is the first time that China has hosted the meeting. The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Convention was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and came into force in 1975. Since then, almost 90 percent of UN member states, from all the world’s geographic regions, have acceded to become “Contracting Parties”.

The City of Wuhan, which will host COP14, sits at the confluence of the Yangtze River and its longest tributary Han River, boasts about 1,624 square km of wetlands, accounting for 18.9 percent of the city's total area. Wuhan is the capital and largest city of Hubei and is considered the political, economic, financial, commercial, cultural and educational center of Central China.

On behalf of all the Contracting Parties, Chair of the Standing Committee, Mohamad Saif Al Afkham, expressed thanks to China and Chinese delegation present at SC57 for the invitation extended to host COP14.

(hubei.gov.cn by Zhang Yawei)