Biodiversity Conservation

As one of 17 mega-biodiversity countries in the world, China harbors nearly 10% of all plant species and 14% of animals on earth. Biodiversity not only helps maintain the productivity of ecosystem, but also supports food security, helps humans adapt to the climate change, and provides important resources for medicine. Important as it is, the rapid social-economic development in China has put its biodiversity under increasing pressures.

What we do?

In line with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP cooperates with central government ministries including the State Forestry Administration, State Oceanic Administration, Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as local governments in more than 20 provinces to protect China’s biodiversity and ecosystem. By implementing biodiversity and ecosystem conservation projects, providing technical assistance and sharing international experiences for policy mainstream and legal reform, capacity building, public awareness, promote PPP and pilots for the soundness of biodiversity and ecosystems in China. 

Our Stories

Survey staff are identifying bird species (Photos by Lu Gang and Feng Erhui)
Discover the Summer Migrators in Hainan

To understand more about water birds in Hainan, Hainan Bird Watching Society, under the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Global Environment Facility (GEF) Hainan Wetland Project, conducted the first survey on Hainan island costal water birds in the summer, from June 17th to 19th. more 

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the highest, largest and youngest plateau in the world
Platform for a Better Protected Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: The International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Together with Qinghai Provincial Forestry Department and Qinghai Provincial Financial Department, UNDP China co-sponsored a 2-days event to facilitate knowledge sharing on biodiversity conservation in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau more 

Staff from Liangheyuan Provincial Nature Reserves participate in bird watch training
Love Birds Week is Back in Altai

To raise awareness on wildlife protection, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) project in the Altai Mountains and Wetlands, alongside the Altai Mountains Forestry Bureau and Liangheyuan Provincial Nature Reserve Management Bureau, co-hosted the annual Love Birds Week.more 

Peat lands provide key habitats for endangered wildlife species, such as black-necked cranes, frogs, fish and various plant species. Photo © Yan Lu
Preserving Biodiversity and Restoring Ecosystems

At over 3,400 metres above sea level, visitors to the Ruoergai peat lands on the edge of the Tibetan plateau may find that their most striking feature is not their natural beauty, but the thousands of man-made drainage holes that scar the landscape. more 

Projects

Publications

Biodiversity Conservation in China

As one of seventeen mega-biodiversity countries in the world, China harbors nearly 10% of all plant species and 14% of animals on earth. Biodiversity not only helps maintain the productivity of the ecosystem, but also supports food security, helps humans adapt to the climate change, and provides important resources for medicine more 

Mainstreaming Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation: Experience and Lessons Learned in Practical Applications of Mainstreaming

Mainstreaming Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation: Experience and Lessons Learned in Practical Applications of Mainstreaming is the proceedings of the International Workshop on Mainstreaming Wetland Biodiversity Conservation held from December 1-4, 2007 in Yueyang City, Hunan Province more 

Mangrove Plants in Hainan

Mangrove is often found on shallow beaches between the inland and ocean. In China, it is mainly found across Hainan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Taiwan, Fujian and south of Zhejiang province. As a wetland ecosystem with rich biodiversity, mangrove can help resist the waves and wind, cleaning sea water and air.more 

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