From September 4 – 11, 2017, the Mississippi-Yangtze EcoPartnership conducted a U.S-China exchange program which brought a delegation of seven officials and experts from the Yangtze Fishery Commission, the Transport and Tourism Development Cooperation of the City of Zunyi, and The Nature Conservancy, to tour two conservation areas in the United States: the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service, and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
During the site visits, delegates shared issues and opportunities for conservation; discussed management challenges; and explored solutions to preserve and protect the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers. In addition, the delegation also met a team from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to learn about the Long-Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP), which could benefit the newly launched Yangtze and Tibet Freshwater Biodiversity Survey Program. USFWS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also presented river restoration work and dam removal cases.
The Mississippi-Yangtze EcoPartnership has made continuous efforts to share experiences and techniques, and to conduct demonstration projects, in the area of fisheries monitoring and habitat conservation since its establishment in 2012. The EcoPartnership’s work on conservation models and restoration of the Mississippi River will benefit the Upper Yangtze Rare and Endemic National Fish Reserve, including protecting more than 180 fish species in the Yangtze River. For more information about this EcoPartnership, please visit here.