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(reclaimed land) system. Two years after those projects started and already things have improved at Dong Ting. Says Lei: "We counted 34 species of migrating birds on the restored wetlands'" And, since the film was made, the bird population has increased so
much that the local authorities have just hosted the first national China birdwatching competition on the lake'
Erder and Adrian Brown, who was then Asia correspondent for TV-AM, founded APV in |991' The company acts as Australia's Channel Nine bureau for Asia, and in recent years, Brown's news coverage has included the war in Afghanistan, the birth of democracy and independence
in East Timor and the Bali bombings. Major projects have included The Last Gouernor -- APV followed Chris Patten around for five years for Jonathan Dimbleby's series aired by the BBC -- and of course, Of All the Gin loints' Tapes are available at the FCC front