China's pilot Sanjiangyuan National Park

Added On August 24, 2019

Qinghai is one of the first provinces in China to carry out national park pilot programs.
In its southern area, the pilot Sanjiangyuan National Park helps to preserve the water sources of the country's three great rivers.
Pilot projects are underway for 10 national parks, including one in Sanjiangyuan in northwest China's Qinghai province, which is home to the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers.
The national park in Sanjiangyuan was set up in 2016, covering an area of over 120,000 square kilometers.
Local residents are encouraged to participate in the park's management, and the park has created more than 17,000 related jobs. The average annual income of each family in the region has increased to 21,600 yuan or about 3,052 U.S. dollars.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): ZHAO XIANG, Director of Sanjiangyuan Project, Shanshui Nature Protection Center
"As more national parks are established, we hope this can bring benefits to local residents. We have to do the following work. Firstly, we should compensate local residents for what they might lose from the establishment of the parks. Secondly, governments should be encouraged to pay for conservation efforts by local residents. I think national parks have done a good job in this regard. Thirdly, we have to create new sectors to develop the local economy and achieve a balance between environmental protection and development."
China aims to set up a batch of national parks and form a unified management system by 2020 with the aim of connecting fragmented habitats and improving the management and conservation of wildlife.