WWF has been active in giant panda conservation since 1980. More recently, WWF has been helping the government of China to undertake its National Conservation Programme for the giant panda and its habitat. As a result, reserves for this species cover more than 16,000 km² of forest in and around their habitat. A 2014 survey revealed that an estimated 1,864 individuals remain in the wild.
WWF has been working closely with the Chinese government in the Qinling and Minshan Mountains, and the projects implemented in these areas have achieved great success. Panda habitat is increasing with the development of new reserves and green corridors.
Some threats to panda survival such as poaching and illegal logging have been significantly reduced. Community development projects to help people sustainably coexist with pandas have been very positive.
The work of the Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provincial governments to ensure the survival of the giant panda gives rise to hope that the panda will not be lost and will continue to exist in the wild for many generations to come.
Since the catastrophic earthquake in Sichuan, China in 2008, WWF has focused emergency relief and reconstruction work mainly on the giant panda habitats and the neighboring communities. This is because the 300-km seismic zone near the epicentre is a priority area for global biodiversity conservation, a water supply conservation area and an important ecological protective barrier at Chengdu Plain and upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It could be called the aorta of the "green heart" of China.
Over the next five years, WWF will support pilot vegetation restoration projects, the development of nature reserves' contingency plans, the restoration of monitoring and patrolling facilities, and the development of sustainable livelihoods for the local communities around the panda habitats.
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