DATA FIGURE: This photo was taken at Wolong Hetaoping Wildlife Training Base of China Giant Panda Conservation Research Center (July 24, 2018). Shen Jizhong
According to the news network in August 7th, Hong Kong media said, according to an international zoologist team, it is expensive to protect giant pandas and their habitats, but the economic return of the work is estimated to be between 10 and 27 times the cost.
According to Hongkongs South China Morning Post on August 4th, this is the first quantitative study of Chinas spending on the species - about $255 million a year - whether it is worth the issue. Wei Fuwen, a conservation biologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said: I have always wanted to quantify the costs and benefits of protecting the pandas, even before the species (on the endangered list) was downgraded.
In 2010, the study said Chinas Giant Panda Nature Reserve has improved its income by $1 billion 900 million by providing a better environment for residents of giant panda reserves and wild animals in the region through cultural services such as tourism as well as $709 million for renting pandas to overseas zoos. Add the above two incomes together and subtract the cost of US $255 million, and draw a net income of US $2 billion 300 million in 2010.
The study is published in the half year issue of the Journal of contemporary biology.
Reported that the giant panda was reduced from the endangered level to the vulnerable level in September 2016 by the World Conservation Union. The Swiss based agency cited the 17% increase in the size of giant pandas in the 10 years to 2014. A nationwide census in 2014 found that there are 1864 giant pandas in Chinas wild environment. The downgrade is a sign that social investment is beginning to pay off in the recovery of the panda population, Wei said.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, China now has 67 giant panda reserves, protecting about two-thirds of the wild giant pandas.
The study said that because of the unrivable public appeal, the giant panda will act as a flagship species on the protection of wildlife and its habitat. They are believed to play a role in protecting umbrellas, which, to some extent, have the richest biodiversity in the world, and the giant panda habitat provides a living place for other species.
In addition to helping other species of wildlife, the giant panda reserve has helped local residents who want to grow crops and graze animals, the report said. The local residents are able to get a lot of water and wood.
It was reported that the ticket price of the giant panda research base in Chengdu was 58 yuan (about $8), but the tourism revenue accounted for less than 1/3 of the total panda protection program. By examining the wider range of situations - the use of movies, brand names and video games to the image of the pandas, the cultural impact of the pandas on the global scale can be truly felt. In 2010, the figure was about $6 billion 900 million, thus increasing the annual rate of return.
Wei Fuwen, a academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said: if the pandas image is a registered trademark like a Mickey Mouse, then the sale of these goods can be easy enough to support the fund for the whole giant panda protection program in China. He said the latest research is expected to convince those who believe that protecting giant pandas is a waste of money.
Li Sheng said that although the pandas lovely help attracted more public attention and government funding, money spent on the species also benefited other wild animals. No one can resist this kind of loveliness, he said.
The source of this article: Reference News Editor: Xun Jianguo _NN7379