Nature reserves Bastak (Russia) and Bachadao (China) signed a cooperation agreement
The agreement was signed within the framework of the "Strategy for establishing a transboundary network of protected areas in the Amur River basin" at a joint meeting of representatives of Bastak and Bachadao nature reserves in Birobidzhan. The official visit of the Chinese delegation to "Bastak" Nature Reserve took place on 11 - 14 September. The main issues discussed at the meeting included biodiversity conservation of the Middle Amur, joint research work, environmental education activities, mechanisms of interaction and prospects for the development of bilateral relations. Guests from China visited the territory of the reserve and participated in the workshop on ecotourism development in protected areas.
Bachadao Nature Reserve is located in Heilongjiang province, China, in the Amur River floodplain. It was founded in 1999, in 2003 it was declared as a national protected area and taken under state protection. The protected area of Bachadao is unique in its wetlands, combining both open water resources and natural systems of coastal areas and islands. It unites more than 50 large and small islands with a total area of 32,014 hectares.
Bastak Nature Reserve is located in Evreiskaya province in the south of the Russian Far East. It was established in 1997, the total area is 127,094.5 hectares. Cluster site of the reserve (established in 2011) is located in the floodplain of the Amur River. Unique protected wetlands in the middle reaches of the Amur River serve as a nesting site for rare waterfowl such as Oriental stork and hooded crane. This territory is important for protection of migratory birds, as it is located on the East Asia flyway.