Biodiversity, ecosystem and rice cultivation

The cultivation of rice plays an important role for the preservation of ecological balance and biological wealth since paddy fields function as artificial seasonal wetlands.

In May, at the climax of the reproductive period of birds, paddy fields are flooded with water, in anticipation of rice seeds.

The flooded fields are swarmed with small invertebrates and amphibians, thus attracting herons, glossy ibises, black-headed gulls, and many other species of birds in search for food for themselves, as well as for their hungry chicks.

The continuation of the cultivation of rice in such protected areas constitutes a condition for the balanced function of the ecosystem.

The natural ecosystem and paddy fields collaborate to be the best hosts for biodiversity.