Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Biodiversity conservation in China: Barriers and future actions

Language

English

Abstract

Four barriers impede biodiversity conservation in China. These are 1) the loss, fragmentation and disturbance of wildlife habitats; 2) the invasion of exotic species; 3) over-harvesting and illegal hunting/trade; and 4) environmental pollution and climate change. The pressure of the large population is an additional fact, together with unsustainable socio-economic development, inappropriate management, and a general lack of an environmentally sound attitude towards wildlife in China's society. There is an emphatic need for family planning, moving towards ecologically sustainable development, improving the country's overall biodiversity management systems, and promoting a social awareness of biodiversity conservation. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

Chinese biodiversity, Conservation management and resourcing, Cultural attitudes towards biodiversity, Protected areas

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Environmental Studies

Volume

67

Issue

2

Start Page

117

End Page

126

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/00207231003683457

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207231003683457

ISSN (print)

00207233

ISSN (electronic)

10290400

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