Everyone loves giant pandas. How could you not? Huge, fluffy, clumsy and cute: it’s just the perfect pet. And clearly, the Chinese government thinks the same. That’s why he created the Giant Panda National Park, one of many national parks created across the country to protect endangered ecosystems.
For decades, China has had no formal national parks, preferring instead a system of 10,000 locally organized, not nationally coordinated nature reserves.
But everything is about to change. Last Friday (October 15), at COP15 “Biodiversity Summit” in Kunming, the country launched its national park system, including its first batch of official parks. They are all designed to protect particular native species.
For example, there is the Giant Panda National Park, which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to pandas. More than 75% of the world’s panda population lives in the region, which spans the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu, and includes the Minshan, Qionglai, Daxiangling and Qinling mountains.
Other parks are dedicated to the conservation of the northeast Chinese tiger, the Siberian leopard and the Hainan black-crested gibbon. Taking into account China’s enormous array of ecosystems, which range from desert to sea and from mountains to rainforest, the new national parks will total 230,000 square kilometers, slightly less than the size of the whole. from the United Kingdom.
Pandas are no longer technically endangered, having seen a 17% increase in their population over the past decade. Earlier this year, the The WWF has updated its status to “vulnerable” – although it should be pointed out that there are still only around 1,800 in the wild.
So, I hope this upward trend continues, huh? Then, perhaps soon, Giant Panda National Park will be practically overflowing with black and white beasts. And we reckon it will look a bit like heaven.
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