GACMo­tor drives into pole po­si­tion to pre­serve wet­land

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By QIUQUANLIN in Guangzhou qiuquanlin@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Leading auto man­u­fac­turer GAC Mo­tor has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion with San­jiangyuan Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the World Wildlife Fund on a three-year en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion project, tak­ing an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of China’s first na­tional park con­ser­va­tion plan.

The San­jiangyuanNa­tional Na­ture Re­serve, in Qing­hai prov­ince, is China’s most im­por­tant fresh­wa­ter source — con­tain­ing the head­wa­ters of the Yangtze, Mekong and Yel­low rivers.

The San­jiangyuan, which trans­lates as “head­wa­ters of the three rivers,” is also one of China’s priority ar­eas in bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion and home to large va­ri­eties of wildlife that pro­vide a gene bank of rare plateau species.

Un­der the mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion Guangzhoubased GAC Mo­tor will pro­vide two of its flag­ship SUV GS8 and three GS5 Su­per ve­hi­cles for the nat­u­ral re­serve’s daily op­er­a­tions and rou­tine pa­trols.

This will be fol­lowed by a se­ries of strate­gic joint work for the San­jiangyuan fresh­wa­ter lakes’ pro­tec­tion, as well as in­sti­tu­tional im­prove­ment and pub­lic aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion, said GAC Mo­tor Gen­eral Man­ager Yu Jun.

“As a car­maker man­u­fac­tur­ing low-car­bon and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cles, we will of­fer al­laround sup­port fi­nan­cially for the con­ser­va­tion plan of thewet­land re­serve,” Yu­said.

The com­pany’s GS8 SUV, re­leased in Novem­ber last year, and the GS5 Su­per model, have been tested to de­liver op­ti­mal per­for­mance un­der harsh con­di­tions. These in­clude trav­el­ing on ice fields and rough ter­rain, mak­ing them ideal to op­er­ate in the na­tional re­serve on theQing­hai-Ti­bet Plateau, which­have an av­er­age al­ti­tude with 4,000 me­ters, Yu said.

“From the mid-20th cen­tury the San­jiangyuan Na­tional Re­serve has been

As a car­maker man­u­fac­tur­ing low-car­bon and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cles, we will of­fer al­laround sup­port fi­nan­cially for the con­ser­va­tion plan of the wet­land re­serve.”

fac­ing a grow­ing eco­log­i­cal cri­sis due to global warm­ing and hu­man ac­tiv­ity,” Yu said.

Ac­cord­ing to the StateForestry Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the num­ber of wildlife species in the area re­duced by al­most half between 1970 and 2010.

“As a com­pany that re­gards en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy as a top priority, we are will­ing to set an ex­am­ple for what com­pa­nies should do to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­age more to join the na­tional park con­ser­va­tion plan to achieve a bal­anced de­vel­op­ment between peo­ple and na­ture in the San­jiangyuan area,” Yu said.

Ac­cord­ing to its ad­min­is­tra­tion, the San­jiangyuan Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve will de­velop in­toChina’s first na­tional park by 2020.

The part­ner­ship marks an­other step in GACMo­tor’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in pub­lic wel­fare projects — since the com­pany was founded nine years ago — in a wide range of ar­eas such as en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, safe travel and char­ity.

GAC Mo­tor’s past pub­lic wel­fare projects in­clude the af­foresta­tion project in Longchuan county, Guang­dong prov­ince, in­volv­ing the plant­ing of a for­est that greatly im­proved soil and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion in the Dongjiang River re­gion.

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