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China's Yellow Sea coast added to World Heritage list



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THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

6 July 2019

CHINA'S YELLOW SEA COAST ADDED TO WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Australia has led action at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Azerbaijan overnight that has resulted in one of most significant conservation outcomes for migratory birds in years.

Working with China and a number of other nations, members the Australian delegation have played a key role in securing the listing of two critical migratory bird sanctuaries in China’s territory in the Yellow Sea on the World Heritage List.

The nominated stretch of Yellow Sea coast is regarded as an irreplaceable and indispensable hub for birds migrating along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway from the Arctic to South-East Asia and Australasia, spaning some 20 countries and two hemispheres.

I am delighted that Australia has been able to work closely with China and other members of the World Heritage Committee to ensure the successful nomination of the sanctuaries.

The nominated tidal flats are of exceptional importance for the conservation of the world’s biodiversity, especially migratory birds, and are significant for more than 10% of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway populations.

Australia particularly welcomed the Chinese Government’s commitment to also bring forward a further World Heritage nomination of critical Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf habitat areas for migratory birds.

The decision in Baku, Azerbaijan, is being internationally recoginsed as one of the most significant conservation outcomes for migratory birds in many years and has been widely welcomed by experts, including Birdlife Australia and Birdlife International, who acknowledged Australia’s important role in securing the World Heritage listing.

Media Contact: John Brady 0427 867 638