About Us

The Institute's conservation program addresses some of the most pressing environmental challenges facing China and the world. We focus on three priority areas: wetlands, national parks, and responsible trade and investment. These workstreams support the protection of China's natural coastline, shape the new architecture for China's protected areas, including national parks, and work to reduce the global environmental impact arising from China's overseas investment and international commodity trade. Activities range from site-based pilots and demonstrations, capacity building, to national-level policy advocacy and collaboration at a global level.

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Wetlands Conservation

China's coastal wetlands are crucial for people and wildlife, especially migratory birds. In recent decades, as much as 60% of wetlands today are lost due to industrialization. The Paulson Institute works to value, protect, and maintain these critical ecosystems.

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National Parks

China has magnificent natural landscapes and unique wildlife. The Paulson Institute is working with our Chinese partners to develop an effective system of protected areas with national parks at heart, that will preserve and showcase this world-class natural heritage. Through preservation efforts in China, we set a global example of reform and improved management of protected areas worldwide.

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Responsible Investment & Trade

As China increasingly looks beyond its national borders for economic opportunities, its global environmental footprint is expanding. By developing risk filtering tools, promoting sustainable commodity sourcing, and advancing market-based solutions, PI can help China better manage its global environmental footprint.

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