China and France unveil joint endeavor to protect national parks

A giant panda wanders through an area of the Giant Panda National Park in Shaanxi Province. /CFP

A giant panda wanders through an area of the Giant Panda National Park in Shaanxi Province. /CFP

China and France have agreed to promote cooperation between China’s Giant Panda National Park and the Pyrenees National Park in France. Areas of cooperation are set to include biodiversity monitoring, flagship species protection, community co-management, education, and personnel training.

A view of the Mount Siguniang in the Giant Panda National Park in Sichuan Province. /CFP

A view of the Mount Siguniang in the Giant Panda National Park in Sichuan Province. /CFP

Established in 2021, the Giant Panda National Park spans over 27,000 square kilometers (10,425 square miles), covering the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu. More than 1,300 wild pandas inhabit the area.

Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys are seen in an area of the Giant Panda National Park in Gansu Province. /CFP

Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys are seen in an area of the Giant Panda National Park in Gansu Province. /CFP

The vast park is also home to many other rare animals, including Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards and Oriental storks.

A view of the Pyrenees National Park in France. /CFP

A view of the Pyrenees National Park in France. /CFP

Situated on the border of France and Spain along the Pyrenees Mountains, the Pyrenees National Park was founded in 1967 as an undisturbed natural haven for wildlife and plants. Endangered species within the park include the bearded vulture or lammergeier, the Pyrenean desman, the Pyrenean chamois, and the capercaillie.

Horses are seen in the Pyrenees Mountains. /IC

Horses are seen in the Pyrenees Mountains. /IC

The eastern part of the national park is in the French part of the Pyrenees – Mont Perdu World Heritage Site, which straddles the border between France and Spain.

The Pyrenees National Park boasts beautiful landscapes. /CFP

The Pyrenees National Park boasts beautiful landscapes. /CFP