Growing challenges

Many of the species in this study are found in the mountainous bamboo forests in the upper reach Yangtze River Basin in Southwest China. Spanning thousands of miles through the heart of China, this unique system of rivers, lakes, wetlands and mountain forests harbors rich biodiversity and wildlife. This fertile river basin also provides millions of people with food, shelter, freshwater and their livelihoods.

Rapid population growth and aggressive exploitation of natural resources is shrinking what remains of the natural forests that once covered the region. Infrastructure and agricultural development is leading to degradation of the forests and fragmentation of panda habitats.

Helping pandas and people

Today giant pandas are found in a patchwork of more than 60 nature reserves in China. WWF’s focus was solely on panda conservation when we began our work in China in 1981. Our approach evolved with decades of monitoring and research.

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