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Establish an environmentally sustainable Giant Panda National Park in the Qinling Mountains
Zhao, Y (Zhao, Yan)1,2; Chen, YP (Chen, Yi-ping)1,3; Ellison, AM (Ellison, Aaron M.)4; Liu, WG (Liu, Wan-gang)1; Chen, D (Chen, Dong)1,2
2019-06-10
Source PublicationSCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT
Volume668Pages:979-987
Contribution Rank1
AbstractThe giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is one of the most endangered animals in the world and is recognized worldwide as a symbol for conservation. The Qinling subspecies of giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis) is highly endangered; fewer than 350 individuals still inhabit the Qinling Mountains. Last year, China announced the establishment of the first Giant Panda National Park (GPNP) with a goal of restoring and connecting fragmented habitats; the proposal ignored the environmental pollution caused by economic development in panda habitats. The spatial distribution of heavy metals (Cd, Pb, Hg, Cu, Zn, Mn, Cr, Ni and As) was analyzed in giant panda feces, soil, bamboo, and water in four of GPNP's functional areas at different altitudes and latitudes. Heavy metal pollution decreased with anthropogenic influences, from outside the park through the buffer and into the core area. Cu, Mn, Ni and Zn accumulated from natural sources; As, Hg and Cr were associated with fuel combustion; and Pb and Cd were associated with traffic and agriculture sources. The presence of heavy metals at high altitudes and latitudes in the proposed GPNP is due to emissions from Xi'an and other upwind industrial cities. We conclude that reducing emissions and heavy metal input should be included in the design of the GPNP. Policy interventions should consider functional zones planning, wind direction, reducing mining, and the abandonment of existing roads and farmland within the GPNP to reduce other direct human impacts on the Qinling panda.
KeywordEnvironment policy Ecological protection Giant panda Heavy metals Environmental pollution
Indexed BySCI ; SCIE
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ieecas.cn/handle/361006/10971
Collection生态环境研究室
Affiliation1.SKLLQG, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an 710075, China;
2.University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 10049, China;
3.CAS Center for Excellence in Quaternary Science and Global Change, Xi'an 710061, China;
4.Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, USA
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Zhao, Y ,Chen, YP ,Ellison, AM ,et al. Establish an environmentally sustainable Giant Panda National Park in the Qinling Mountains[J]. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,2019,668:979-987.
APA Zhao, Y ,Chen, YP ,Ellison, AM ,Liu, WG ,&Chen, D .(2019).Establish an environmentally sustainable Giant Panda National Park in the Qinling Mountains.SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT,668,979-987.
MLA Zhao, Y ,et al."Establish an environmentally sustainable Giant Panda National Park in the Qinling Mountains".SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 668(2019):979-987.
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