Protected areas in the panda habitat

Create new reserves

Since the logging ban in 1998, the balance has begun to shift from deforestation to forest restoration.
Much of the panda's habitat has been outside of the reserve system making it difficult to protect from the threat of logging, poaching and harvesting for traditional Chinese medicines.

By creating new reserves, the Chinese government can stem the most potent threats to the panda's survival - habitat loss and fragmentation of wilderness.

There are now more than 50 reserves protecting the panda.
 / ©: naturepl.com / Edwin Giesbers / WWF-Canon
© naturepl.com / Edwin Giesbers / WWF-Canon
 
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Since the end of forestry in the Minshan Mountains in 1998, there has been a move to reforestation.
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Link isolated bamboo habitats

To connect pandas that live in isolated pockets of wilderness, WWF have identified zones that can be turned into corridors of bamboo so pandas can find more food and more importantly meet new breeding mates.

The Chinese government, in partnership with WWF, created 10 corridors in Qinling and Minshan.

Bamboo planting ceremony / ©: WWF China
Corridor over highway When national highway 108 was re-routed with a tunnel, WWF and the Shaanxi province took the opportunity to plant 87 hectares of bamboo and establish a link between two panda communities in the Qinling Mountains. Read more
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