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Diversity and Complexity in the Forms and Functions of Protected Areas in China

Diversity and Complexity in the Forms and Functions of Protected Areas in China Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 17:102–114, 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1388-0292 print / 1548-1476 online DOI: 10.1080/13880292.2014.953378 Diversity and Complexity in the Forms and Functions of Protected Areas in China JILIANG XU GONGQI SUN ** YING LIU 1. INTRODUCTION China possesses one of the greatest ranges of ecological diversity in the world and contains in total within its borders perhaps ten percent of all the species living on the Earth. The rapid development of the Chinese economy, particu- larly in the last four decades, has created, however, many challenges for the conservation of the country’s endemic flora and fauna, its rich biodiversity, and its diverse ecological systems. There is, therefore, a growing scientific and political recognition that China’s wildlife and ecosystems need more and better protection, and the central government has recently placed explicit emphasis on the creation of protected areas as a strategy not only for pro- tecting biodiversity but also for raising overall environmental quality and for improving social livelihoods across the country. At the international level, China has made important legal and politi- cal commitments to conservation by becoming a signatory of some of the major international biodiversity treaties, such http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy Taylor & Francis

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1548-1476
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10.1080/13880292.2014.953378
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Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 17:102–114, 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1388-0292 print / 1548-1476 online DOI: 10.1080/13880292.2014.953378 Diversity and Complexity in the Forms and Functions of Protected Areas in China JILIANG XU GONGQI SUN ** YING LIU 1. INTRODUCTION China possesses one of the greatest ranges of ecological diversity in the world and contains in total within its borders perhaps ten percent of all the species living on the Earth. The rapid development of the Chinese economy, particu- larly in the last four decades, has created, however, many challenges for the conservation of the country’s endemic flora and fauna, its rich biodiversity, and its diverse ecological systems. There is, therefore, a growing scientific and political recognition that China’s wildlife and ecosystems need more and better protection, and the central government has recently placed explicit emphasis on the creation of protected areas as a strategy not only for pro- tecting biodiversity but also for raising overall environmental quality and for improving social livelihoods across the country. At the international level, China has made important legal and politi- cal commitments to conservation by becoming a signatory of some of the major international biodiversity treaties, such

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Published: Jul 3, 2014

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