Reply To: National Parks, civilisation and globalisation

Author Replies # Posted on May 22, 2014 at 07:46

Reply towytt2002sina-com from Maria
I find your knowledge from working within the Chinese bureaucracy very interesting. Your experience of corrupted governmental representatives, is unfortunately not unique for China – it occurs in both developing and developed countries. From your description I am not sure whether the “faking” village did get any money, when they pretended to be very poor. Instead of the policy of giving the villages reported themselves as the poorest, a system which subsides only village with good management and proper plans for what they need to improve education, health, environment etc would be more appropriate. I believe that education has a major function for making people interested and responsible citizens, being able to take part in solutions that are of concern for them.
I know very little about the history of national parks in China. With a high population pressure, both for food production and urbanization, the task of choosing, developing and maintaining a national park, or any other kind of restricted area preserved for protecting land, fauna and flora, is most probable not in any local or national “pipeline” in China. But, cost for reducing air and water pollution, is an immediate measures, although that could, and should be, combined with sustainable utilization of natural resources. What are the governmental propositions for preserving land, what are the rules for a national park or other nature reserves? It would also be interesting to know the Chinese’s perception of the value of nature for recreation, mental and physical recovery. How much are they prepared to act to push the government to save land for biodiversity and future generations? What about NGOs and local grassroots? How active are Chinese institutions when they participate in global conventions, conferences etc? From looking at the Internet, many young Chinese seem to be aware and worried about the environmental situation in China, but how much and what can they do and is conservation issues of priority? What we learned from Jane’s seminar was that it really is a question of global contribution from local and indigenous people, scientists and politicians to make the decisions that certainly will affect the future, as we are inevitable dependent on the environment to survive.