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Conservation of China’s Tropical Biodiversity

Conservation of China’s Tropical Biodiversity

May 07 - 08, 2016


Day 1 – Biodiversity Day 2 – Biodiversity, Economics, and Health

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China, the world’s most populous country, is experiencing rapid economic growth and concomitant changes to its environment. Covering 10 million km2, it has diverse ecosystems from permanent ice fields to tropical moist forests and holds 15% of the world’s vertebrate and 12% of its plant species. In recent decades, rapid economic development, population migration, urban expansion, and natural resource exploitation have threatened China’s high biodiversity and varied ecosystems. Nonetheless, it has emphasized conservation of biodiversity in recent years. Importantly, the total protected area has expanded 35-fold since 1980. By 2010, China had dedicated 18% of its land to conservation in >8,000 protected areas.

Most of China’s biodiversity and especially its unique species are concentrated in its tropical areas. Here rapid expansion of tree crops — such as rubber — reduce native ecosystems and there is often extensive hunting of wildlife. 

The challenges to conserving China’s tropical biodiversity are thus many and varied.  This conference will bring together those with a knowledge of biodiversity with social and political scientists who are concerned with the factors that drive environmental changes.  The aim is to improve the guidance that the scientific community (broadly defined) can provide to the managers and policy makers that shape China’s future environment.  


China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden