Building capacity for conservation of wild felids and their supporting ecosystems in China

We are working to strengthened national and local capacity applied to the monitoring and conservation of wild felid species throughout China. China remains one of the world’s most bio-diverse nations, with a vast array of ecosystems and species, including 13 of the world’s 36 wild felid species. This work is addressing China’s lack of capacity and expertise to monitor and manage felid biodiversity within their expanding number of PAs. Wild felids are both particularly threatened and particularly good umbrella species, providing a charismatic model for conservation. By galvanizing interest in felids, benefits can cascade widely, and galvanize interest and expertise in biodiversity conservation in general. We are providing training to approximately 800 people, from grass-roots PA staff to SFA analysts in Beijing, leading to robust monitoring and informed management of wild felids and their ecosystems. These are the first such data for many of these species and ecosystems. We are establishing regional centres around China, working with local academic, GO and NGO partners, to leave an enduring legacy safeguarding China’s valuable biodiversity. This work will continue with the future involvement of key international organizations, such as the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and NGOs such as Wildlife Without Borders (Wildlife Sans Frontière - WSF).

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China (National)
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