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Sino-Norway: Research on Biodiversity Management System of Dongting Lake, Hunan, China

Project Background

This project aims to promote biodiversity protection and management in Dongting Lake launched by Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. It also helps facilitate the cooperation among departments in Dongting Lake ecological functional zones.
Project Objectives
This project aims to improve ecosystem biodiversity management of Dongting Lake, by department integration, horizontal cooperation, information exchange, workshop, education and local participation, etc. It forms an interactive and cooperative system, with sustainable biodiversity management model in Dongting Lake.
Project Partners
Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, Norway Natural Resources Management Bureau, Hunan Forestry Department, Hunan Water Resources Department, Hunan Agriculture Department, Hunan Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.
Project Implementation
There are two investigations in Norway in succession, respectively in October 2005 and May 2007. In September 2006, A Biodiversity Workshop was held. In June 2005, the kick-off meeting of Project  Sino-Norway Biodiversity Protection and Management in Dongting Lake was convened in June 2005 in Changsha, Hunan, China, jointly hosted by China’s Ministry of Commerce, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, and Norway Embassy. In September 2006, the 1st International Symposium on Project Sino-Norway Biodiversity Protection and Management in Dongting Lake was convened. And two technology consulting meetings were held respectively in April and November, 2006. In the second half of 2006, led by Hunan Provincial People’s Government and relevant administrative departments, including Hunan Economic Commission, Hunan Development and Reform Commission, Hunan Industry and Commerce Bureau, Hunan Environmental Protection Department, a pollution control action was jointly carried out against paper manufactures in the vicinity of Dongting Lake.
Project Achievements
The ability of inter-department coordination improved and the construction of biodiversity protection functions have been strengthened by training;
The Knowledge concerning biodiversity protection and management functions has been improved by through international seminar and various departmental conferences;
The public awareness of biodiversity protection environmental governance has been enhanced by a series of propaganda activities and the cooperation with related projects.