China's first national park forum held in Qinghai

Added On August 21, 2019

Experts at the two-day event discussed a range of topics including construction and management of nature reserve areas, biodiversity protection, and the future of natural heritage sites.
JONATHAN B. JARVIS, Director, US National Park Service:
"I lead a team of international specialists to visit Sanjiangyuan and we were very impressed with the quality and the current management of Sanjiangyuan. So I think the future is excellent for the park. I think for the most part not much needs to change in many ways. It just needs to be saved." 
Located on China's Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Qinghai has some of the richest biodiversity in the world and was one of the first places in the country to build a national park.   
China aims to construct a unified national park management system that connects fragmented habitats and improves the management and conservation of wildlife by 2020. 
TERRY TOWNSHEND, Environmentalist:
"Within the next five years, China will have a world system of national parks,which managed faith for people to get access to nature and a special experience in these wonderful places and also for wildlife safe biodiversity. So we should make sure these places protect this unique and very special biodiversity that you have in China. So I think China is on track to have a very professional and world class series of national parks within the next few years."
Pilot projects are underway for 10 national parks, including Qinghai's Sanjiangyuan Natural Reserve.  
The National Park Forum was jointly hosted by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration and the provincial government of Qinghai.