Xi Jinping: China’s first national park contains five big cats and bears

Chinese Communist Party President Xi Jinping announced today that China will establish national parks for the first time. Among them, Sanjiangyuan, big cat and bear, northeast tiger and leopard, Hainan tropical rainforest, Wuyishan and other five places as the first national parks, and the construction of Beijing, Guangzhou National Botanical Garden.

Official media CCTV news app (app) reported that Xi Jinping made the announcement when he attended the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) Leaders Summit of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) by video in the afternoon and delivered a keynote speech.

Xi said that in order to strengthen biodiversity conservation, China is accelerating the construction of a nature reserve system with “national parks” as the main body, and gradually incorporating into the national park system the areas with the most important natural ecosystems, the most unique natural landscapes, the best natural heritage and the most rich biodiversity.

He announced that China has officially established the first batch of national parks, including Sanjiangyuan, Giant Panda, Northeast Tiger and Leopard, Hainan Tropical Rainforest and Wuyishan, with a protected area of 230,000 square kilometers, covering nearly 30 percent of China’s national land area of key protected wildlife species.

Xi noted that in line with the principle of integrating in situ and relocated conservation, China will simultaneously launch the construction of national botanical garden systems in Beijing and Guangzhou.

Prior to this, the Communist Party has officially designated areas with precious and endangered animals, plants and special ecosystems, as well as rare geological features, as “nature reserves” in various provinces and regions. Some are national and some are provincial, and the number totals hundreds.