The future of panda conservation
MinshanIn 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.