Coastal wetland is a vulnerable and sensitive ecological area. Chinese coastal wetlands have been impaired seriously due to the mighty pressure of population growth and economic development. Since China became a member of the Organization of Ramsar Convention in 1992, some progresses in study and protection of Chinese coastal wetland have been made, and some achievements in wetland resource investigation, law and regulation construction and technical means have been made. On the whole, the study level of coastal wetland in China is low, and the basic study conditions are poor, so the fundamental theory and basic facilities of coastal wetland study shall be further strengthened. The general investigation on coastal wetlands shall be carried out as soon as possible, the monitoring network of coastal wetlands shall be actively constructed to make a dynamic monitoring, and the resource information system of coastal wetland shall be established. Attention shall be drawn to the studies on coastal wetland conception and classification system, degradation mechnism, restoration and assessment, its relation to global change and wetland lawmaking so as to try hard to make Chinese coastal wetland studies come up to advanced world standards.
Advances in Marine Science