By Deirdre Tynan • 09 July 2021 • 11:27
The status of wild giant pandas in China has been downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” amid the country’s “active efforts on biodiversity protection” and ecological restoration, China’s state news agency reported on July 8.
Populations of several rare and endangered species have gradually recovered. The numbers of Siberian tigers, Asian elephants and crested ibises have grown rapidly, Ministry of Ecology and Environment official Cui Shuhong told a press conference on July 7.
Rare and endangered species such as the wild giant panda, Tibetan antelope and milu deer are living in better environments. The giant panda has been removed from the list of endangered animals, with 1,800 of them now living in the wildness, he said.
Cui attributed the improvement in the living conditions of China’s wildlife to the country’s drive in establishing a relatively complete system of nature reserves, which protects large areas of natural ecosystems systematically and completely, news agency Xinhua said.
By the end of 2019, China had 11,800 nature reserves, accounting for 18 per cent of the country’s land area and meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets goal of protecting 17 percent of terrestrial areas ahead of schedule, Cui said.
The country also set up botanical gardens and wildlife breeding bases and successfully bred a large number of rare and endangered species and looking ahead, the country will build a comprehensive monitoring system for biodiversity conservation, enhance international cooperation and promote public participation, he added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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