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A New Paradigm for Panda Research and Conservation

Jianguo Liu, Zhiyun Ouyang, Hemin Zhang, Marc Linderman, Li An, Scott Bearer and Guangming He

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238671
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930162 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238671.003.0025
A New Paradigm for Panda Research and Conservation

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This chapter proposes a general framework that integrates panda ecology with human demography, socioeconomics, and behavior, and applies it to Wolong Nature Reserve. It summarizes some methods and results, and then describes some of the ongoing efforts. The chapter then discusses the perspectives of this new paradigm. Both the quantity and quality of the panda habitat in the reserve continued to decline after the reserve was established. It is shown that it is critical to explore the primary factors which cause habitat loss and fragmentation. A panel report offers an update on China's national plan for conservation of the giant panda. Effective land-use planning is based on a participatory process for stakeholders and local communities. Recognition of the national mandate will facilitate open communication between China and the international community.

Keywords: giant panda; ecology; human demography; socioeconomics; human behavior; Wolong Nature Reserve; habitat; conservation

Chapter.  5000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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