Traditional threats to pandas such as poaching appear to be declining, but large-scale disturbances including mining, hydro-power, tourism and infrastructure construction are becoming more severe.
WWF's 2015-2025 giant panda conservation strategy sets the course for panda protection efforts over the next decade and will focus on improving panda habitat in a manner that balances conservation with local sustainable development.
WWF will cooperate with the government as well as working with partners and the public to protect key habitats and ensure a sustainable wild giant panda population, and benefit local communities.
These conservation efforts will also benefit many other rare species of animals and plants that live side-by-side with the pandas, including the endangered takin, golden monkey, red panda, and crested ibis.
"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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