CBCGDF Volunteers Investigation: Dropping Nets, Poison, Cage Nets Into the River, Stealthily Digging … What is Baiyangdian Facing?
2020/3/24 13:41:00 本站

In December 2019, the 5,000-meter bird-catcher net surprisingly appeared in Baiyangdian, and major media scrambled to report, causing social attention. As the largest wetland ecosystem in North China, Baiyangdian is known as the "Kidney of North China". Every year, a large number of migratory birds pass there to winter. Baiyangdian is an important habitat for wild birds in central North China.


In 2007, Baiyangdian was rated as a 5A tourist attraction in China. Baiyangdian "Scenic Spot", you may not imagine how serious the current situation it is facing? China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) volunteers recorded the scenes of some people secretly digging reed roots and lotus root buds in this "scenic area" during the patrol investigation.


According to the information provided by volunteers, if the weather is good, there are 30 to 40 boats in the Baiyangdian Scenic Area secretly digging reed roots and hoe buds, and ground cage nets are scattered throughout the area and can be seen everywhere. This is a national 5A-level scenic spot. How can it not make people feel sad and helpless? If these actions are not stopped immediately, this means that the wetland function of Baiyangdian will disappear.


Ground cage nets are prohibited hunting tools, which not only cause great damage to the environment of the scenic area, but also cause great harm to the habitat of birds, fish and other animals. And reeds, loquat buds themselves are an important part of wetland function, which is very important for biodiversity conservation. What would happen if Baiyangdian Scenic Area continued like this for a long time?


Loquat buds and reed roots were acquired by merchants specializing in this transaction. The quantity of reed roots is in short supply, and the park's green space cannot be separated from it. Loquat buds are common in the markets for flowers, birds, fish and insects, and a large number of consumers buy them for home planting. The farmhouses and restaurants in the scenic area have characteristic fish. What kind of fish is it? Of course, it is Baiyangdian's characteristic fish species. Because of the increase in demand, local fishermen, regardless of whether they are hunting tools within the banned range or whether they are legal fishing, will not let go of all species as long as they have economic income, which has severely damaged the entire Baiyangdian biological chain. .


According to the statistics of the CBCGDF volunteers, there are about 50 boats that extract loquat buds every day, and there are at least 500 to 600 loquat buds on one ship. Reed roots can harvest 30 to 40 bales per day. The time for 30 boats to dig the reed roots can reach about 7 months. The price of each single reed root and loquat buds is very low. It is conceivable that the total number of these plants they have been mined is undoubtedly huge, which means that the problems facing Baiyangdian are much more serious than we know.


According to the description of CBCGDF volunteers, during the COVID-19 epidemic period, poisoning occurred in Baiyangdian Scenic Area, but after various considerations, it was not released to the outside. Baiyangdian Scenic Area is facing serious threats: casting nets in the river, poisoning, setting up cage nets, secretly digging, etc., are common. How to protect Baiyangdian? Some volunteers proposed that they hope to form a joint effort of government + civil society and jointly protect the biodiversity of Baiyangdian.


The problems facing wetlands are not irrelevant to humans. Wetlands are the kidneys of the earth and are vital to the construction of the entire ecological environment. After confirming this, more people will have more confidence to protect it with us.




(Photo credit: CBCGDF volunteers)

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By / Maggie