Sateri and Conservation International Collaborate to Restore Health and Biodiversity of China’s Largest Freshwater Lake

SHANGHAI, CHINA  – Media OutReach – 13 December 2021 – Sateri and Conservation International today announced their
partnership on the wetland conservation of Poyang Lake, China’s largest
freshwater lake. This initiative aims to improve the ecosystem’s health,
restore biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods to local people.

Tundra Swan in Poyang Lake©YangFan

Located in
Jiangxi Province, in the southeastern part of the country, Poyang Lake plays a
critical role in regulating floods in the Yangtze River, and is a vital
ecosystem for the environment, culture, and economy.  The lake supports the livelihoods of more
than 45 million people living in the province, and contributes more than 15% of
the Yangtze River’s annual runoff. It is also a wetland of national and global
importance — providing a habitat for flora and fauna of high conservation value,
including the critically endangered Siberian crane and finless porpoise.

five-year partnership, which began in 2019, evaluates the health of Poyang Lake
and develops strategies for managing and protecting it, while also supporting
communities to live in harmony with nature. To guide this work, a preliminary
assessment of the Poyang Lake was conducted using Conservation International’s
Freshwater Health Index. This scientific tool analyzes the health of the
freshwater ecosystem, and measures human uses, needs and impacts providing
decisionmakers with clear, scientific guidance on how best to sustainably
manage these wetlands.

Richard Jeo,
Conservation International’s Asia-Pacific Field Division Senior Vice President,
said “Water security and biodiversity loss are two of the most pressing
challenges facing humanity and the environment. Our strategic partnership with
Jiangxi Provincial Forestry Bureau and Sateri at the Poyang Lake, China’s
largest freshwater Lake, demonstrates how government, corporate and communities
can work together on conservation, and will go a long way towards addressing
these challenges, and finding solutions that benefit both people and nature.”

Allen Zhang,
President of Sateri, said, “The protection of biodiversity and the sustainable
use of resources in production must go hand-in-hand. The Poyang Lake initiative
is a good example of how manufacturers can support nature-based solutions in
parallel with community development. It also aligns with our Vision 2030
aspiration to be net-positive, giving more than we take.”

This project also supports
the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and China’s commitment at the
recent UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) by improving protection and
management of the Duchang Nature Reserve and Poyang Protected Areas Network for
these important wetlands.

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