Planning for National Parks in Northwest Yunnan Province

In 2016, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Paulson Institute jointly commissioned a study to map the potential candidate sites for national parks. Northwest Yunnan was identified as a priority, due to its rich biodiversity, critical ecological services, and beautiful landscapes.

Today, the Paulson Institute and the National Park Administration, along with a group of experts from Tsinghua University and the Kunming Survey and Design Institute of the National Administration of Forestry and Grassland are now developing a systematic plan for the development of national parks in northwest Yunnan. The project, due for completion in 2020, will look at existing protected areas in the region and present alternatives for establishing a mosaic of national parks and other protected areas.

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