, Volume 118, Issue 1–2, pp 49–56 | Cite as

Ecological significance and classification of Chinese wetlands



China supports a great variety of wetlands, including some of the most important in the world. However, an appropriate classification system applicable to all wetlands is not available. Based on a preliminary inventory, a new classification system for Chinese wetlands is proposed. This system classifies natural wetlands into three categories on the basis of their natural features and distribution: peatlands, coastal and estuarine wetlands, and riverine and lacustrine wetlands. Each category is divided into several sub-classes. The areal extent of wetlands in each Province has been estimated and their ecological importance assessed.

Key words

China Coastal Estuarine Inventory Lacustrine Peatlands Riverine Wetlands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Estuarine and Coastal ResearchEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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