Tuesday, October 05, 2004

China's conservation efforts

China moves to save endangered wildlife
By Xin Dingding (China Daily)
2004-10-04 09:12

Nature reserves, forest parks, geo-parks or scenic areas can be found almost everywhere in China nowadays. They are the last sanctuary of the country's wildlife.

Through establishing these protected areas, improving the management on them and amending relevant laws and regulations, scientists and conservationists are saving many of the country's endangered species from extinction.

More than 90 per cent of giant pandas, China's national treasure, are protected in nature reserves in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

Latest figures from the State Forestry Administration claim the number of wild pandas has increased from 1,100 in 1988 to more than 1,590 today, and that does not include those aged under 18 months.
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World unites to save chiru
(China Daily)
2004-10-04 11:34

Stringent protection measures have brought the majestic Tibetan antelope, known as the chiru, back from the brink of extinction.

The animal - which once roamed in millions - had been decimated by poaching.

But tough protection measures by the government and crucial enforcement and monitoring work by devoted international volunteers have given the antelopes enough breathing space to breed.

For thousands of years, millions of Tibetan antelopes have been roaming freely on the vast Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

They are unique to the area. Because of the threat posed by the poacher's gun in recent decades, the beast is today categorized by the State as a Class A species, a status which affords it greater protection.

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1 comment:

Andrew Sun said...

Like other problem in China, the protection of wild animals is not only a government affair. People kill some rare species for money, but they also kill some common species in crucial ways just for fun.

Pangolin tastes bad, I hear, but attracts many Cantonese parasites just because eating it means one is brave enough to eat something unusual. People eat mice, donkeys, monkeys-these are not protected by government. These people just never consider about the nature, the conservation things. It's a problem of education I guess.

Besides this, there is also an economic reason. Most people in tibet are extremely poor. Some of them, for instance, may live only on the skins of chiru. Now that the chiru are rare they may never kill them even the population grows up. The government may be unable to pay for their people's lives. Conservation is a modern word, but tibet is far from the word 'modern'.

Of course chiru is not own by chinese or tibet people; it is the treasure of all human being on the earth. That's why the world unites to save chiru. This is not an 'international aid to developing countries' as some local governments think of. The world just do this for their own.

Sorry for my poor English, I am a chinese.