Giant Panda Protection Network for 3 Million Ha of Habitat
With the help of the Chinese government a giant panda protection Network is has been setup. This protection network consists of 62 nature reserves, and a couple of forest farms, migration corridors, and sustainably managed forests. It covers 57 per cent of giant panda habitat and 71 per cent of its population in the wild.
As a whole network at landscape level, the giant panda protection network is the first protected area network for wildlife in China, and has played a very important role in safeguarding a viable population of giant pandas and an integrity and connection of their habitat. With a location in the Upper Reaches of the Yangtze, this network has also benefited the protection of hundreds of other key animals and plants such as Golden monkey, Takin and Crest ibis, as well as the entire biodiversity in the ecosystems of forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes, and grassland, as well as hundreds of million people in this region.
Wetland and Dolphin Protection Network for 2 Million Ha of Habitat
Over the past nearly 10 years, cooperating with Chinese governments and relevant partners such as Coco-Cola Company and HSBC, 2 million hectares of wetland and dolphin protection network is protected in the central and lower areas of the Yangtze. This protection network consists of 39 nature reserves, wetland parks and some critical wetland and river protected recovering areas. WWF has been promoting the Yangtze wetland protection network by expanding to the Upper Reaches and the source areas of the Yangtze.
This wetland and dolphin protection network has consequently benefited to the flagship species of the Finless porpoise, and over 100 species of water birds, the Yangtze alligator, the Pere David’s deer as well as 200 million people living in this region. It is highly acclaimed by the SFA. The national wetland protection and management center of China has officially announced that they would like to jointly support this network, and hope to generalize the successes of this network throughout China.
Amur Tiger Habitat Identification and Conservation Action Plans
The Amur tiger habitat was identified along the Changbaishan and Wandashan Mountains, with a total of 218, 784.7 km2 including part of Russian Far East using three models for 6 data types and 20 factors and comparison between Russia and China. It planning report identified 9 tiger management zones, 12 key migration corridors for reconnection among the zones. This planning areas may sustainably support 100 to 120 tigers when recovered habitat and prey. The report also provides the strategies and approaches for a long-term recovery of tiger, habitat, and prey as well as the sustainable development of local communities.
As an overall guidance by this report, the protection and recovery action plans for tigers are developing at both provincial levels of Heilongjiang and Jilin as well as national level. It is promoting to establish a transboundary protection area between China and Russia.
A Less-known Endangered Species Protection Network along 24 Provinces across China
Over the past 10 years, cooperating with Novosymes, CEPF, Canon and Doubletree Hotel, WWF has established a less-known endangered species conservation network to protect more endangered species of mammals, birds, fish, reptile and amphibians besides the eco-regions along a sustainable implementation of a small grant fund across China. This network has covered 111 project sites across 24 provinces, consequently involving 10 protecting areas, 60 local communities, and 12 local NGOs and xx of volunteers.
The small grant fund plays a seeding role in involving local people, institutes and NGOs to expand the conservation impacts of “do-by-local” through project practices, education, establishing protection area and policy promotion.
Releasing A Biodiversity Review of China
In 1996, WWF published a major report of A Biodiversity Review of China to state the status and trends of China’s natural environment. As a result of seven-year collaboration between WWF and SFA, the Review provided a comprehensive analysis of China’s biodiversity and the threats it faces. It also provided a description of the major landforms, natural vegetation, land use, biogeography divisions, biological richness and endemism for each of China’s 30 provinces and autonomous regions. The Review has guided the strategies and approaches to conserve the species and biodiversity in China in these years.