The future of panda conservation

Children in Taiping village. Sichuan province, China. rel=
Children in Taiping village. Sichuan province, China.
© (c) WWF / Claire DOOLE
 / ©: / Edwin Giesbers / WWF
© / Edwin Giesbers / WWF

Looking ahead

WWF will continue to work in the Minshan and Qinling Mountains and will inititiate new projects elsewhere in the panda habitat, such as the Xiangling or Qionglai Mountains.


In the next 10 to 20 years, WWF have set the following targets for the Minshan Landscape:
  • No further decline of giant panda population and other key plant and animal species;
  • 30% expansion of giant panda habitat;
  • a reconnection of all giant panda habitats in the region; and
  • a 5% increase in forest cover.


WWF’s vision is that by 2012 the Qinling giant panda population will have increased by at least 10% and its protected habitats by at least 80%. These goals will be met by working with and mobilizing non-conservation stakeholders to apply sustainability in their policies and consumption behaviour.

The panda can and will endure as a symbol of our environment and a wonder of evolution. To protect this luminous fragment of life we must monitor its fate with vigilance, compassion, wisdom, and loyalty, with a commitment measured in terms not of decades but of centuries.

George B Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society (first WWF supported panda researcher in China)

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