Size of na­ture re­serves in­creased

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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