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Dec 1, 2008

Sichuan Forest Biodiversity Project

Sichuan Forest biodiversity project from Chester Zoo - North of England Zoological Society

Sichuan Forest biodiversity project - part of Chester Zoo's China programme

The Sichuan Forest Biodiversity Project is a core component of Chester Zoo’s China Conservation Programme.

The key objective of the project is the protection and conservation of forest biodiversity in the Daliang Shan region of southern Sichuan, a region of high biodiversity and endemicity. Working alongside Dr. Simon Dowell of Liverpool John Moores University and the Sichuan Forest Department, the project aims to link and effectively manage several key forest reserves in the region to provide a contiguous range of sustainable protected forest habitat. This benefits many key species such as the Sichuan partridge, giant panda, red panda and Omei Shan Liocichla, as well as providing as sustainable resource for local communities.

Using rigorous research as a basis for reserve management planning, the project works closely with local authorities and communities to protect and manage the reserves whilst providing education awareness and sustainable development. The project has forged excellent local links engaging with many of the communities surrounding the reserves.

Presently the project has managed to establish three new nature reserves protecting over 1000km2 of forest which together employ over 40 people. One of the key indicator species, the Sichuan partridge, has increased from 40 to over 200 birds at one of the reserves since 2002. 

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