Zhou Jinfeng Met with Environmental Protection Volunteer, Talked about Diversified Protection of Endangered Animals and Plants; Help Protect the Yangtze River and the Yellow River Basin
2019/12/23 11:33:00 本站

On December 12, 2019, Shao Wenjie, a senior volunteer of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), visited and talked with Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, the Secretary-General of CBCGDF, about the development of the Acer pentaphyllum Plant Protection Institute in Tianshui City, Gansu Province, the follow-up management of the Zhongwei City's Tengger Desert contaminated area, the promotion of wilderness protection work, biodiversity protection in the Yangtze and Yellow River basins, and the importance of genetic diversity to ecological security.


The two sides first discussed the follow-up treatment of the Tengger Desert polluted area in Zhongwei City, Ningxia. They all affirmed the efforts of CBCGDF volunteers in patrols. Dr. Zhou said: CBCGDF will strive to maintain its own vitality and influence and strive to provide the strongest guarantee for volunteers. At the same time, it is hoped that the volunteers will cherish the CBCGDF brand. Good mutual trust, interaction and mutual support between the volunteers and CBCGDF, with the goal of ecological civilization, will be more conducive to the development of the teams.


The two sides also have consensus on the protection of Acer pentaphyllum in Tianshui City, Gansu Province. Although relying on the CBCGDF "China Conservation of Acer pentaphyllum" (CCAfa) to establish the Tianshui Acer pentaphyllum Plant Protection Institute, both parties also believe that the successful protection of Acer pentaphyllum should also protect their wild populations and habitats and should create on the basis of the protection of endangered plants, on this basis, the protection of all endangered plants will be strengthened. Plant-based protection and multiple protections can be implemented.


Both sides also mentioned promotion in the field of wilderness conservation, and both were interested in the Wilderness Congress WILD 11 in March 2020. The conference will be held in India. If the trip is confirmed, preparations for attending the conference will begin. CBCGDF will also assist Shao Wenjie in the support of the meeting, and CBCGDF's "going out" office can also provide sufficient support for this.


Shao Wenjie also raised the issues facing river ecology that both sides pay close attention to and said that more efforts should be put into promoting the protection of river ecosystems. He talked about starting from small hydropower stations in Chongqing and other places and promoting the supervision of the ecological flow of small hydropower in various parts of the country. He is concerned about the fate of the critically endangered fish species Sichuan taimen. The last home of this species may be destroyed by hydropower stations. Sichuan taimen is the flagship species in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. At present, there is no second generation of artificial breeding.


In the discussions on the protection of aquatic biodiversity in the Yangtze and Yellow River basins, both sides clarified a misunderstanding of protection: artificial breeding cannot replace the protection of wild populations and the protection of wild habitats. Genetic diversity is the basis of the existence of biodiversity, and artificial breeding will not only lose the sense of urgency in protecting the habitat, but also cause the loss of species' genetic diversity, which needs to be vigilant.


Both sides hope to use the flagship species and iconic species in the wild as the starting point to achieve the purpose of ecological protection systematically like the protection of flagship species such as pangolin and porpoise. Dr. Zhou also pointed out that it is more meaningful to protect the habitat of flagship species in a solid way than artificial breeding. The public's understanding, participation and promotion of relevant policies and the improvement of related facilities can really contribute to the great protection of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. The protection of flagship iconic species in the wild should promote the progress of ecological civilization. Various forms of protection, such as the establishment of CBCGDF China Conservation Areas (CCAfa), can be promoted by local protection agencies to promote the protection of species.


It is hoped that more volunteers and units can join in and make suggestions and jointly promote the great protection of the Yangtze and Yellow River basins.


(Photo credit: CBCGDF)

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By / Maggie