Buzzard, Qinghai Province, China

IUCN is a global union of members devoted to balancing human needs with conservation objectives. IUCN strives to assist China to further develop the capacity of state, civil society and private sector actors alike – and to build Chinese capacity to assume a leadership role in global conservation.

An FCZ training teaching villagers how to measure the size of fishes.

IUCN and Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund award milestone 100th grant ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), an innovative grant making mechanism that aims to protect Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas, has awarded its 100th Indo-Burma grant ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity. IUCN is leading the second phase (2013-2018) of CEPF’s funding work in the Indo-Burma region, working together with the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, and the Myanmar Environment Rehabilitation-Conservation Network to form the CEPF Regional Implementation team (RIT). CEPF Indo-Burma II is a US$ 10.4 million, five-year investment, for the conservation of biodiversity in Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and China. …  

22 May 2016 | Article

A rare sighting of the Critically Endangered Zhou's box turtle. This photo was taken at the Alwetter Zoo turtle breeding centre in Germany.

Searching for the elusive Zhou's box turtle

Zhou's box turtle (Cuora zhoui) is a species of Asian box turtle believed to be endemic to China. Also referred to as the black turtle or the black box turtle, all known distribution of this elusive species has been traced back to pet or food markets in Guangxi or Yunnan provinces. No specimens have ever been recorded in the wild. …  

08 Apr 2016 | Article

Participants from North-east Asia coming together for the first time for a workshop on protected areas.

North-east Asia comes together in friendship to strengthen protected areas management

Protected areas and species conservation in North-east Asia received a vital boost through the convening of a workshop held in Beijing, China earlier this month. Held for the first time, the event aimed to foster exchange of experiences and networking between several countries in the North-east Asian region.  …  

11 Mar 2016 | Article

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

Participants from the eco-guide training workshop.

Guided eco-tours in Hainan: Giving hope to an unprotected wetland

Home to diverse aquatic fauna, the Yangshan wetland is considered to be one of the most valuable ecosystems in Hainan Island, China. Unfortunately, in recent years, the wetland is coming under threat from pollution, landfills, construction projects and alien invasive species. To tackle this problem, local conservation company Hainan Gao11 Culture Transmission Ltd (HG11) is implementing "The Squirrel School" project, an initiative that raises awareness about the abundant fauna and flora in Yangshan wetland and the need to protect it.  …  

03 Feb 2016 | Article

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal

Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. …  

23 Jan 2016 | News story

Ink painting and scroll of Mount Huangshan by Shitao in 1670

China and Europe connect through Green list success

In December, delegates from China’s protected areas sector, including Government, academia and civil society, visited Green List protected areas in Europe. The delegation included members of the China Association of National Parks and Scenic Sites (CANPSS), and visited French protected areas. The team equally met with the France IUCN Committee and Green List Expert Group, hosted by France Green List Chair, Jean-Philippe Siblet of the French Museum of Natural History in Paris, before a tour of Gran Paradiso National Park in Northern Italy, hosted by the Park Management Authority and the IUCN Italian Committee.  …  

13 Jan 2016 | Article

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Water and Hydropower Development in China  | French

12 Oct 2015 | Article

Scenic Spot of Longwanqun National Forest Park, Jilin, China

Call for participants: Protected Areas Law Teachers and Trainers Workshop

IUCN, in cooperation with the Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University, is offering a workshop for teachers and trainers in the Asian region. …  

24 Sep 2015 | Article

IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng at the 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum

IUCN President calls on countries for a renewed commitment to forests

In the UN Association-UK's recent ‪Climate2020‬ publication, IUCN President Xinsheng makes a strong case for forest conservation and restoration as a key part of the climate change solution.  …  

28 Aug 2015 | Article