Current panda conservation efforts focus on the Minshan Mountains, in Sichuan and Gansu provinces, and the Qinling Mountains, in Shaanxi province.

Solutions in theses areas include:
 / ©: / Edwin Giesbers / WWF
© / Edwin Giesbers / WWF

Why is it important to save the panda?

Saving the panda is not just about saving a cute animal. The survival of the panda and the protection of its habitat will ensure the quality of life of millions of people.

The panda is an amazing species, but above all it is the symbol of one of the most important regions in China: the Yangtze basin.

Panda habitat is found at the top of the Yangtze basin, an ecoregion shared by both pandas and communities who have used the area's natural resources for thousands of years.

The basin is the geographic and economic heart of China, and is also one of the critical places for biodiversity conservation in the world. Its diverse habitats contain many rare, endemic and endangered animal and plant species, the best known being the giant panda.

Economic benefits derived from the Yangtze Basin include tourism, subsistence fisheries and agriculture, transport, hydropower and water resources.

This is why the survival of species, such as the panda, and the protection of these areas is so important. It is the only way we will guarantee that the populations living in the region will continue to reap ecosystem benefits for many future generations.
Giant panda (<i>Ailuropoda melanoleuca</i>). / ©: WWF / Michel GUNTHER
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
© WWF / Michel GUNTHER

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