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Paulson joins efforts to protect Hebei wetlands

New efforts will be made to protect wetlands and waterfowls in Hebei province, according to an international seminar held in Qinhuangdao on Oct 18.

Sponsored by the government of Hebei province, the Paulson Institute ---a non-profit institute advancing sustainable economic growth and environmental protection in both China and the United States, along with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges; the seminar is aimed at discussing measures and management experiences on the restoration and protection of coastal wetlands, as well as the protection of waterfowls, in a bid to boost the protection of resources, and improve the local environment.

Zhang Qingwei, governor of Hebei province, welcomed the attendees and introduced the efforts Hebei has made to protect wetlands. He made clear the crucial role the wetlands play in the ecological balance and the importance Hebei attaches to wetlands protection.

To strengthen the protection and regulation of wetlands, along with improving  public awareness, Hebei has made great efforts to establish a wetland protection management center to manage protection efforts, and a list of regulations were also enacted, Li said.

Li also encouraged the attendees to propose suggestions and ideas for the protection of wetlands and waterfowls in Hebei.

Zeng Peiyan, director general of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges praised Hebei's achievements on the restoration and protection of the region's wetland areas.

Zeng also displayed his gratitude to the Paulson Institute, which plays an important role in protecting China's wetland areas. He expressed his hopes the two sides can continue to deepen collaboration on the construction of environmental protection mechanisms.

Henry Paulson, chairman of the Paulson Institute, said that economic development and environmental protection are of equal importance to Hebei, and he believed that the seminar will serve as a good platform to share information and exchange experiences to create a better environment.

After the seminar, Zhao Qingwei met the delegation led by Paulson to further explore cooperation on environmental issues.

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