The natural reserve
To keep on this way China will start the creation of a vast natural reserve dedicated to pandas. The zone will be three times the size of the Yellowstone Park in the United States (the largest natural park in the US, bigger than the size of the Corse). It will be a 27 134 square kilometres and will link 67 existing reserves on 6 mountain ranges. The reserve will take place on territories of the Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces in south-central China. This reserve will allow pandas a huge zone to breed and thus increase their gene pool freely but under the control and protection of specialists. But the park will not only protect the giant pandas but as well as 8 000 endangered animals and plants. Even if the population has increased during the last decade, it could be reverse by the climate change, which is predicted to wipe out more than a third of the animal’s habitat over the next 80 years.
Map of the location of the reserve
The negative point of this project
On the other hand the 170 00 people who live in the zone will be moved off their homes as its on the land of the reserve and the government do not want humans in it. And families have been living in this area for generations. The threat they pose by bamboo harvesting and livestock grazing are deemed to necessitate their removal. The government first bring out the project in 2014 to let time for people to move and it offered jobs and new homes and building infrastructures. Forced removals are a sensitive topic in China, where decades of rapid urbanisation have forced millions of people from rural land to make way for roads, factories and high-rise apartment blocks. The 2008 Beijing Olympics alone was blamed for the forced evacuation of 2 million people to make way for infrastructure.
To conclude we can say that the panda may not be on the endangered species list anymore; we still have to protect them, as they are vulnerable animals. The creation of this reserve is a good thing but the population who’s going to be expelled may disagree.
If you want to take a look at the article here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/31/china-to-create-giant-giant-panda-reserve-to-boost-wild-population