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PRC shares biodiversity conservation lessons with the GMS
Time:2015.09.17 10:02:58

In late July, the People’s Republic of China hosted senior forestry and conservation officials from the Greater Mekong Subregion countries to share nearly a decade of the country’s experience piloting biodiversity conservation corridors.

In 2007, around 18,000 hectares of forested land in Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna prefecture were demarcated as biodiversity corridors with the aim of protecting and enhancing forest connectivity between four protected areas near the Lao PDR and Myanmar borders.  In 2009, Guangxi established its first corridors in Jingxi County. 

The corridors in both provinces contain important habitat for biodiversity but face immense pressure from agricultural expansion and forest degradation. This poses considerable threats for flora and fauna, including iconic species such as the endangered Asian Elephant (Xishuangbanna) and the world’s rarest ape, the Cao Vit Gibbon (Jingxi).

With support from the GMS Core Environment Program and NGO partners, the environment departments of Guangxi and Yunnan have piloted and combined a range of conservation and livelihood development interventions in the corridors in recent years. This integrated approach recognizes that local communities and government must work together to ensure that the corridors are managed sustainably for the long-term.

Participants at the 2-day workshop, held in Tengchong City, Yunnan on 28 and 29 July, learned about the challenges and successes of these interventions as well as ongoing work and future plans. Biodiversity corridor planning and management approaches were discussed, including how to involve different sectors in planning processes as well as specific interventions such as Village Development Funds, habitat recovery, and eco-compensation initiatives. 

Supporting policy was explored too, focusing on how the corridors have been integrated into the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans of the two provinces. Collaborative mechanisms with neighboring Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam were another topic, with recent Memorandums of Understanding, exchange events and arrangements for data sharing between provincial authorities from the four countries covered. One presentation explored the possibility of establishing a GMS Biodiversity Conservation Network as a mechanism to build regional collaboration, source funding, share best practice, and scale up the corridor approach.

The workshop was organized by the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office of the Ministry of Environment, with support from CEP.  
 

Source: EOC of ADB

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