national parks

China’s first batch of national parks in the provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan, Jilin, Hainan and Fujian, designated in October 2021, have made headway in ecological protection, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

In the Sichuan part of the Giant Panda National Park, up to 56 square kilometers of vegetation and green corridors have been built. 

The authorities have also carried out ecological impact assessments and expert demonstrations, and implemented the highest level of protection for major projects and those for public wellbeing that have been set up in the national parks.

The park provides an integrated habitat for 1,340 pandas that were originally under the management of 69 separate nature reserves.

The Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park has recently seen 10 Siberian tiger cubs and seven Amur leopard cubs born, raising their respective populations to above 50 and 60, respectively.

Particularly, the survival rate of Siberian tiger cubs has stood above 50 percent currently, increasing from 33 percent during the initial stage of the pilot park.

The ecological degradation at the Sanjiangyuan National Parks has been curbed, the total volume of water resources has gradually risen, and vegetation coverage has increased substantially.

Further more, the Tibetan antelope population has recovered to more than 70,000, up from fewer than 20,000 in the 1980s.

In addition, the country also launched the construction of the third-phase project of ecological big data center and completed the ecological value assessment on the Sanjiangyuan National Park.

By integrating 20 nature reserves, the Hainan Tropical Rainforest National Park has opened up ecological corridors among these nature reserves and come up with solutions to deal with the problems of artificial fragmentation and shortfalls in protection.

The park has also restored damaged natural forests and positively affected secondary forests, with the rainforest ecosystem recovering by degrees.

Besides, two new baby gibbons were born, bringing the population to 35.

Authorities in the Fujian part of the Wuyishan National Park have strengthened the extensive inspections and supervision of mountains, rivers, forests, lakes and grassland, thereby improving their ability to protect the park’s ecology.

“The five national parks have a combined protected area of nearly 230,000 square kilometers, safeguarding 30 percent of the wild land animal and plant species that are under the national key protection. The ecological status of the major flagship species in these five national parks is continuing to improve,” said Sun Hongyan, deputy director at the National Park Development Center of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

Source: CGTN

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