17 December 2021
China’s efforts to preserve biodiversity
At COP15 in October, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the first five parks in a new national park network as well as the formation of a biodiversity fund to support the conservation of wildlife, flora, and fauna in developing countries. The first five national parks mark a notable increase in the country’s efforts to preserve biodiversity, covering 230,000 square kilometers the parks are home to nearly 30% of the country’s key terrestrial wildlife species.
The new national parks system will unify efforts at preserving wildlife and nature in the country, forming a central authority for the management of a parks system previously managed in a distributed fashion. China’s steps to preserve biodiversity reflect a growing global concern for the insufficiently addressed danger that comes with climate change.