In November 2019, Christina Larson and Emily Wang of the Associated Press reported on Chinese governmental efforts to create a national park on the Tibetan plateau. Called the "rooftop" of the world, the government is considering setting aside part of this spectacular scenery in the region for conservation. Larson and Wang report that government officials met in the Qinghai province in August 2019 to consider establishing a series of national parks throughout China to counter the booming economic development of the last several decades.
Photo Credit: Ng Han Guan / Associated Press (Angsai Peak, Sanjiangyuan region, Qinghai province)
The officials plan to announce the park system in 2020. Chinese government representatives and conservationists have visited Yellowstone and Yosemite and also consulted with the Nature Conservancy and the Paulson Institute. China is targeting an area in Quinghai province near Tibet for its first official national park. This area is home to the headwaters of the Mekong, Yangetese, and Yellow rivers and the endangered snow leopard.
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Heather White is a conservation policy and green living expert. She is the former President & CEO of Yellowstone Forever and former Executive Director of EWG. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.