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Study finds coastal wetlands in China rebounding after concerted 10 years of conservation efforts

A new study has found that China’s coastal wetlands have undergone significant recovery within the last 10 years after several decades of loss and destruction.

An international team of researchers used satellite imagery to develop a series of maps that illustrated the changes that took place in three kinds of coastal wetland regions — tidal flats, salt marshes and mangroves — between 1984 and 2018. In the study published this week in Nature Sustainability, they reported finding that coastal wetland areas decreased between 1984 and 2011, but started to rebound after 2012.

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