The forestry administration of Hainan Province announced on Sunday a one-month survey of wildlife on and around the South China Sea Islands.

The survey is China’s first to cover the entire ecosystem of the islands, the administration said in a statement.

The survey, covering marine life, birds and amphibians, aims to help better protect the wildlife and their habitats, said Jiang Haisheng, a project researcher at South China Normal University.

"We welcome non-governmental environmentalists and volunteers to join our investigation," added Jiang.

 
 
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