Poyang Lake Named to One of the Sites for 7 Wonders of Endangered Species
Recently, Poyang Lake, the largest wintering site for the Siberian Cranes in Jiangxi Province, China was named to one of the sites for 7 Wonders of Endangered Species. The campaign of 7 Wonders of Endangered Species was launched by the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), and its objective is to push nations to come together to save the world’s species and wild places through the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. To choose the seven winners, votes were cast via social media (AZE’s Facebook page) for 20 short-listed sites selected from among the 587 AZE sites so far identified globally. The nomination of Poyang Lake shows that Poyang Lake has received more and more attention from home and abroad and enjoyed more and more famous international reputation, which can be regarded as support and recognition of wetland and migratory bird protection work of Poyang Lake National Nature Reserve.
This campaign received more than 100,000 votes from the public, and the AZE 7 wonders sites and their AZE species are as follows: Rodrigues Mainland, Mauritius - Rodrigues Flying Fox, Abra Patricia, Peru - Long-whiskered Owlet, Río Saija, Colombia - Golden Poison Frog, Roti Island, Indonesia – Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle, Poyang Hu, China – Siberian Crane, Raso da Catarina, Brazil - Lear''s Macaw, Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile - Juan Fernández Firecrown.
The AZE 7 Wonders campaign was launched in September 2012, at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea, where some 8,000 people gathered to address global conservation issues. The congress was hosted by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was used by AZE to help identify 920 Endangered and Critically Endangered species restricted to the 587 AZE sites worldwide.