Xiaoxiawan Ecological Buffer Wetland on West Island in Tai Lake Project Introduction
The Xiaoxiawan Ecological Buffer Wetland Project is located in the Xiaoxiawan area at west island, an island in Tai Lake. There are hills with fruit trees (mainly loquat, mandarin orange, plum, pomegranate, Chinese date etc.) and tea trees (Biluochun green tea), and large area of paddy fields (about 500ha). Villages are located at the foot of the hills. Local people live by fruits, teas, homestays and restaurants. In history, Xiaoxiawan area was the place where King of Wu country (about 2500 years ago) and his lover ever lived. The Moon Bay Ancient Village is in this area.
West island in Tai Lake
Fruits and famous dishes at west island The Moon Bay Ancient Village
Nature based solution is applied in this project, including different kinds of wetlands. The investment of this project is 84 million RMB. The construction was finished in October 2021. It is a demo project selected by provincial environment ministry (in total 5 projects were selected). The local government also got finance support from central government because of this project.
The plan, design, construction and commissioning of this Phase I project was implemented by Suzhou Dehua Ecological Technology Corp.
1.Water and nutrient cycle
The nutrients from fruit tree area on the hill and villages at the foot of the hill go to wetland area and paddy fields. The nutrients are used by plants, benthonic organisms, animals (fish, birds etc.). It is related to food chain of the local eco system. This project also produces water for reuse in irrigation for farmland use (fruit trees and paddy fields), and realize water cycle.
By water and nutrient cycle, the paddy fields produce eco rice product. This is now a new local eco brand.
Nature based solution creates more habitats for animals. More birds are attracted by this place.
Project logo Project main entrance
Bird’s eye pictures
Retention wetland Retention wetland Footpath beside wetland
Retention and filtration wetland Reuse (water sacpe) Clear water corridor