Government of Canada and China renew joint commitment to protecting nature
“Nature is central to the cultures of Canada and of China – it’s part of our heritage, improves our quality of life, and is a source of our future prosperity. Both countries recognize that protected nature is essential for preserving and restoring healthy and resilient ecosystems that support healthy wildlife and the recovery of species at risk. Through this bilateral cooperation, we will help advance the global 2020 biodiversity conservation commitments and protect our environment for future generations.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
“In the establishment of national parks, we are eager to learn from countries with advanced practice and experience, including Canada. I am delighted with the relationship that has already been established between China and Canada in regards to natural conservation. This partnership agreement will further communications and exchanges between Giant Panda National Park and the partner parks of Canada in various areas for the mutual benefit of both countries.”
Vice Administrator, National Forestry and Grassland Administration of the People’s Republic of China
Parks Canada protects a vast network of natural and heritage places that include 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas and one national urban park.
Jasper National Park was selected for twinning with Giant Panda National Park as it is one of Canada’s most iconic national parks and plays an important role in large landscape conservation and ecological connectivity, which are also critical for Giant Panda National Park.
Elk Island National Park was selected for twinning with the Giant Panda National Park due to its role in the recovery, re-introduction, and management of large mammals. The park is the centre of bison conservation in Canada - because of their high genetic diversity and long history of disease-free status, Elk Island National Park serves as the origin herd for plains and wood bison conservation initiatives all across North America, including the Banff bison reintroduction
Giant Panda National Park of China, officially launched as a pilot project by the Chinese government in January 2017, extends across Sichuan, Shanxi and Gansu Provinces, including Minshan, Qionglaishan, Daxiangling and Qinling Mountains, with a total area of 27,100 square kilometers. It protects a variety of ecosystems such as glaciers, rivers, forests and meadows, as well as rare and endangered wildlife species such as giant pandas, golden monkeys, clouded leopards, crested ibis, Chinese yew and Chinese dove tree. In 2006, Sichuan Giant Panda habitat (including Wolong Nature Reserve which is within the Giant Panda National Park pilot area) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Parks Canada Agency
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