Debate on China
Peter P Thomas states that t “China’s record on conservation c is an absolute disgrace” d (Your Feedback, June J 2018). It is true that with 20 2 per cent of the world’s human h population and limited farmland fa there are great pressures p on wild nature, but China is doing a great deal for conservation. As well as leading the world in solar and wind technology, all forms of hunting and the possession of firearms are banned.
Nearly 25 per cent of China’s territory is included in nature reserves and there has been significant progress in the protection of rare animals. For example, some 50 existing reserves for the giant panda are to be amalgamated into an extensive national park. Working with Russian and US scientists, the numbers of Amur tigers in the north-east is increasing. Nine reserves for tigers are being included in a huge national park and timber extraction in the region has been curtailed.
It is true that there is illegal traffic in wildlife products in China, but during my visits to traditional medicine warehouses in Chengdu I was pleased not to see any pelts or body parts of endangered species. David Prynn, Ipswich