Biodiversity conservation in China: Barriers and future actions

Xiaojiang YU*

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Four barriers impede biodiversity conservation in China. These are 1) the loss, fragmentation and disturbance of wildlife habitats; 2) the invasion of exotic species; 3) over-harvesting and illegal hunting/trade; and 4) environmental pollution and climate change. The pressure of the large population is an additional fact, together with unsustainable socio-economic development, inappropriate management, and a general lack of an environmentally sound attitude towards wildlife in China's society. There is an emphatic need for family planning, moving towards ecologically sustainable development, improving the country's overall biodiversity management systems, and promoting a social awareness of biodiversity conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese biodiversity
  • Conservation management and resourcing
  • Cultural attitudes towards biodiversity
  • Protected areas


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