Size of nature reserves increased
China has seen steady growth in nature reserves, which are now home to 89 per- cent of the wild animals and plants on its protected lists.
Reserves now account for 14.8 percent of the country’s territory, said Chen Jining, minister of environmental protection.
Since 1956, when the first nature reserves were created, China has established 2,740 reserves. They include forests, wetlands and geological parks and comprise 147 million hectares. The percentage of the nation’s territory set aside as protected nature reserves is higher than the global average, Chen said.
Chen said that some rare and endangered species had recovered in recent years, including the Yunnan snubnosed golden monkey, that is only found in China’s southwest. Its numbers have increased by 40 percent in the past 20 years, from 1,400 to more than 2,000 in 2015, he said.