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, Volume 39, Issue 5–6, pp 447–450 | Cite as

Effects of Pipeline Construction on Wetland Ecosystems: Russia–China Oil Pipeline Project (Mohe-Daqing Section)

  • Xiaofei Yu
  • Guoping Wang
  • Yuanchun Zou
  • Qiang Wang
  • Hongmei Zhao
  • Xianguo Lu
Synopsis

Although the multiple roles of wetland ecosystems and their value to humanity have been increasingly understood and documented in recent years (Getzner 2002; Hoehn et al. 2003), the efforts to conserve and restore wetlands are not in harmony with the press for high speed of economy growth. The degradation of wetlands is proceeding, especially in China (Cyranoski 2009). Russia–China Oil Pipeline Project (Mohe-Daqing Section) has already begun in May, 2009, and is ongoing. The pipeline runs through four riverine wetlands and two marshlands of Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China. Although the project has vital significance of mitigating the energy crisis as well as guaranteeing the energy security of China, it will bring a series of ecological and environmental problems, especially for wetland ecosystems.

The excavated spot of the Russia–China Oil Pipeline Project (Mohe-Daqing Section) is located at the south side of Amur-Heilong River, the Russia–China boundary river. The pipeline...

Keywords

Wetland Area Wetland Ecosystem Groundwater Depth Riverine Wetland Trench Area 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We gratefully acknowledge Wu Hai-tao for material collection. The study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 40871089; 40830535), the Knowledge Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. KZCX2-YW-309), and the Discovery Research Project of Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. KZCX3-SW-NA3-02) in material collection and site investigation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaofei Yu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guoping Wang
    • 1
  • Yuanchun Zou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qiang Wang
    • 3
  • Hongmei Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xianguo Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Lab of Wetland Ecology and Environment, Northeast Institute of Geography and AgroecologyChinese Academy of SciencesChangchunChina
  2. 2.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Changchun Programme OfficeWWF ChinaChangchunChina

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