A wetland area in southern Taiwan was recently listed by Bird Life International as one of the world’s 12,000 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.

Officials say The recognition of Jiading Wetland in Kaohsiung City by the world’s largest partnership of conservation organizations brings the number of IBAs in Taiwan to 54.

Researchers say The most valued aspect of the wetland area is that it hosts the black-faced spoonbill, an endangered species that overwinters in Taiwan which has seen increases in its numbers over the past 5 years.

The council of agriculture says The increasing population of birds suggests that Taiwan is doing better in terms of wildlife protection.


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