National Parks are a proven way to protect and celebrate a country’s remarkable natural heritage and also provide access for people to connect with, and learn about nature and ecosystems. From the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau to the pristine forests of Yunnan, China has world-class natural landscapes. Since 2014, the Chinese government has been working to develop a system of national parks to protect and showcase this world-class natural heritage. There are national pilot parks in thirteen of China’s provinces.

The Paulson Institute is working in partnership with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the National Park Administration (NPA), and the Heren Foundation, to explore an optimum national park system model which draws on international best practices and fits the Chinese context. Our role is to provide technical support through innovative programs of policy research, capacity building, and demonstration of best management practices on the ground.

Policy Research and Advocacy

Policy Research to Inform the Design of China’s National Park System

Under the partnership agreement between the Paulson Institute and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), a series of sixteen research projects was commissioned between 2015 and 2018 to draw valuable insights from a wide...

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On the Ground Demonstration

Landscape Planning for Wuyi Mountains Pilot National Park

Straddling the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, the Wuyi Mountain range includes the highest peak in southeast China. Every year, an estimated 8.5 million visitors enjoy the unrivaled forested sandstone landscape lining the turquoise...

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Capacity Building

Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing

Building strong leadership and management capacity is the foundation of the success of China's national park system. The Paulson Institute works with partners to provide tailored training programs for Chinese decision-makers, managers, practitioners, and researchers....

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