World Wildlife Day: China’s great effort for wildlife conservation

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3 to raise awareness about wild animals and plants. The United Nations General Assembly decided in a 2013 session to mark this day every year.

It is celebrated this year under the theme “Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration” to draw attention to the conservation status of some of the most endangered species of wild fauna and flora. It also aims to stimulate discussions to imagine and implement solutions to conserve them.

According to data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, more than 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, while nearly 30,000 others are considered endangered or vulnerable. Based on these estimates, it is suggested that more than one million species are threatened with extinction.

World Wildlife Day 2022. /UN, Alice Kirby

World Wildlife Day 2022. /UN, Alice Kirby

As one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, China has stepped up its efforts to protect wildlife.

By implementing wildlife habitat protection, rescue and breeding, on-site relocation of wild plant protection and return to nature and other projects, China has effectively protected 90% of kinds of terrestrial vegetation and ecosystems, 65% of higher plant communities and 85% of major wildlife populations, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

China officially established its first batch of national parks in 2021, including Sanjiangyuan National Park, Giant Panda National Park, Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park, Forest National Park Hainan Tropical Rainforest and Mount Wuyi National Park, which covers an area of ​​230,000 square kilometers. , with nearly 30 percent of terrestrial wild species under national protection.

In addition, China has initiated the construction of a national system of botanical gardens in Beijing, Guangzhou and elsewhere.

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Swipe left to see more wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

Wildlife in China. /Designed by Jia Jieqiong of CGTN

During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, China will conduct special species surveys, implement rescue protection for 48 critically endangered species of wild animals and 50 species of wild plants and their habitats. Meanwhile, China will continue to improve wildlife protection laws and regulations.

China has launched the construction of a national system of botanic gardens. /VCG

China has launched the construction of a national system of botanic gardens. /VCG

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