Lhasa Office

Qinghai-Tibet plateau is the world’s tallest plateau. Many Asian great rivers such as Yellow River, Yangtze River, Mekong River etc trace its source from Qinghai. Rich in biological resources, it boasts of some rare wildlife such as the Tibetan antelope, snow leopard, and black-neck cranes. However the ecosystem in Qinghai-Tibet is extremely fragile and once destroyed, difficult to restore.
Since 1998, WWF has launched biodiversity protection and management projects in Tibet. In March 2000, a 5-year cooperation agreement with the Forestry Bureau of the Tibet Autonomous Region was signed. Qiangtang Nature Reserve and the vast forest areas of southeast Tibet are the focal protection areas.

To further strengthen project development and management, WWF set up Lhasa Programme Office in August 2001 to develop, implement, monitor and assess WWF activities in Tibet as well as to co-ordinate co-operative efforts with local agencies and related bodies. Lhasa Programme Office shall priorities its efforts on capabilities building, anti-poaching to curb Asian big cats wild life trade, raise awareness on protection and animal- plant research.

Lhasa Programme Office is set up not only to strengthen the protection of Tibet’s natural resources, but also to expand the project areas, enhance partners’ relationship and contribute towards the protection of wildlife and management of resource sustainability.

Ling Lin, Director of Tibetan Plateau Programme,
Email: Lling@wwfchina.org