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China sees enhanced efforts in protection of national parks

By Shang Kaiyuan from People’s Daily,

BEIJING: China has drafted standards on national reserve protection and preliminarily established relevant organizations since it piloted the national park system three years ago, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration on the sidelines of two sessions on March 12.
The country has witnessed enhanced efforts in the protection and restoration of national parks, Zhang added.
At present, China has 10 pilot national reserves covering a total of over 200,000 square kilometers in 12 provinces and autonomous regions, including Sanjiangyuan National Park, Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park, Qilian Mountain National Park, and Hainan Tropical Rainforest National Park, Zhang introduced. Illegal projects have been gradually eliminated to protect natural reserves through
supervision system and law enforcement. So far, more than 100 illegal mining projects have been withdrawn from Qilian Mountain National Park, according to Zhang.
National parks have not only protected ecological environment, but also improved livelihood for local people. Now, the 10 national parks in China hire over 50,000 rangers from local communities, which both enhances supervision and contributes to local employment.
“Sangjiangyuan National Park serves as a very good example. It employs nearly 18,000 rangers from local community, offering 1,800 yuan for each ranger every month,” said Zhang, adding that such mode has lifted hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty.

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