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On Ecological Crisis of Yangtze River Delta

When: 02:00, March 10, 2011 ~ 05:00, March 10, 2011
Where: Room 3005, Xin Jian Building, Xuhui Campus, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai

The Yangtze River Dolphin, rarer than pandas, may have become the first species of cetacean to suffer the human-caused extinction since December 6 of 2006 when it was announced by the joint investigation team composed of scientists from six countries that Yangtze River Dolphin could not be found any more in the Yangtze River, China. In February, 2011, after 25-hour exploration in Dongting Lake, Chinese scholars predicted that the "ugly cousin" of the Yangtze Rive Dolphin, Finless Porpoise of the Dongting Lake may suffer the similar fate within 15 years. Mr. Wang Ding, expert on cetacean conservation biology, is specially invited by this Salon to dwell on the existential crisis and survival odds for the finless porpoise.

Today, how much pressure can a river of life bear with climate change, water pollution, saltwater intrusion in the Yangtze River estuary, excessive hydropower exploitation, extinction of the Yangtze Rive Dolphin, the finless porpoise crisis, and the four famous Chinese carps? Can the Yangtze River which is no longer suitable for the survival of the cetacean support the survival and development of human beings? After the keynote speech, Mr. Chen Zhengguo will discuss the Ecological Crisis of Yangtze River Delta together with Mr. Wang Ding. The Q&A section will be arranged for the reporters, college teachers and students present at the salon.

Topic: The 2nd Shanghai Environment Reporter Salon

On Ecological Crisis of Yangtze River Delta-from the Endangerment and Protection of Finless Porpoise, the "Ugly Cousin" of Yangtze River Dolphin

Organized by: Green Earth Volunteers (GEV)  & Center for the Third Sector, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CTS)

Hosted by: Wang Yongchen (Convenor of GEV, Senior Reporter of China National Radio)

Keynote Speaker: Wang Ding (Director, Academic Degree Commission of Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Guest Speaker: Chen Zhengguo (former director of Office of Administrative Commission of Yangtze Fishery Resources)