Biological Framework for Evaluating Future Efforts in Giant Panda Conservation

Eric Dinerstein, Colby Loucks and Zhi Lü

in Giant Pandas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238671
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930162 | DOI:
Biological Framework for Evaluating Future Efforts in Giant Panda Conservation

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This chapter develops the thesis that populations of pandas must be managed at a landscape scale which includes core areas of protection, buffer zones, dispersal corridors, and other forested tracts. It also presents a straightforward scorecard for keeping track of progress, or lack thereof, in addressing conservation issues. There are three important scales at which to focus future conservation activities: ecoregion, landscape, and site. The conservation of giant pandas in the wild has made significant progress since the ratification of China's management plan in 1992. A large-scale ecoregion plan was recently completed for a region that includes all of the panda's remaining wild habitat. A panel report briefly summarizes the history of efforts that led to the estimate of approximately one thousand giant pandas surviving in the wild today.

Keywords: giant pandas; conservation; ecoregion; landscape; site

Chapter.  2746 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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