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Hepu, China Habitat / Seagrass Demonstration Site
Written by Xiaoping Huang   
Monday, 24 October 2005

 HEPU, CHINA - SEAGRASS DEMONSTRATION SITE
UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project

Demonstration Site Manager
Mr. Siming Liang
18 West Beihai Road
Beihai 536000
Quangxi, China
Tel: (8613) 807 891 0010
Fax: (86) 779 303 5928
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Local Government Official
Mr. Tang Cheng Liang
Mayor of Beihai City,
Beihai Municipal People’s Government,
No.2, Dong Er Lane
Behai, Guangxi 536000, China
Tel: (86 779) 202 1789
Fax: (86 779) 202 1407

Focal Point for the Seagrass Component
Mr. Xiaoping Huang, Professor  South China Sea Institute of Oceanology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
164 West Xingang Road
Guangzhou 510301
Guangdong Province, China
Tel:  (86 20) 8902 3210
Mobile: (86 13) 600 484 979
Fax: (86 20) 8445 1672
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Fisheries Threats Contact
Mr. Christopher J. Paterson
Fisheries Expert
UNEP/GEF Project Coordinating Unit
United Nations Building
2nd Floor, Block B
Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Tel: (662) 288 1116
Fax: (662) 288 1094
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Further Information on Seagrass in the South China Sea

Reports of the Meetings of the UNEP/GEF Regional Working Group on Seagrass

UNEP/GEF Review of Seagrass in the South China Sea

Seagrass Habitat Demonstration Site Information Resources 

Project Document for the Hepu Seagrass Demo Site

Site Name and Geographic Coordinates
Name:
Hepu Seagrass Demonstration Site
Latitude: 21°28.5’N
Longitude: 109°40.2’E

VISIT CHINA'S SEAGRASS WEBSITE

The goal of the project is to establish a demonstration site of community-based management, with the aim of maintaining the existing biodiversity and environmental conditions of the Hepu seagrass areas. This involves the promotion of rational and sustainable seagrass resource use. This will be achieved through maintaining the balance of use and conservation in the area, and will be based on community and government participation in management. Experiences in the research, protection and use of seagrass beds in the site will be useful for the management of other seagrass beds in China and hopefully other parts of the world.

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES

To date, no other seagrass demonstration sites or reserves have been established in China. The Hepu Seagrass Demonstration Site is located next to the existing Hepu National Reserve for Dugongs, and the Shankou National Reserve for Mangroves. Both central and local governments plan to establish this area as a seagrass reserve. The objectives of the Hepu Seagrass Demonstration Site are:

  • Establishment of a cross-sectoral management framework for the sustainable use of the Hepu seagrass site
  • Sustainability of site management
  • Conservation of seagrass ecosystems in the site
  • Education and training for increased involvement of all stakeholders in preserving seagrass habitats

ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES

There are several outcomes expected from this project:

  • Local community participation on seagrass management.
  • Increased awareness, protection and sustainable use of seagrass by government and local people.
  • The protection of seagrass beds is included into local socio-economic development plans.
  • Coordination of the various departments and local public responsible for the protection and management of seagrass.
  • A seagrass site demonstrating community-based management for the other parts of the world.


PLANNED ACTIVITIES TO ACHIEVE TO ACHIEVE OUTCOMES

The activities are grouped into four major components as follows:

  • Establish cross-sectoral management framework for the sustainable use of the Hepu seagrass site (Management);
  • Sustainability of site management (Sustainability Mechanism);
  • Conservation of seagrass bed ecosystem as major habitat in the site (Conservation Plan);
  • Education and training for increased involvement of all stakeholders in preserving the seagrass habitat (Education & Training).
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