Conserving biodiversity

Frog, Qinghai Province

Biodiversity is the measure of the number, variety and variability of living organisms. It includes diversity within species, between species, and among ecosystems.

Biodiversity is everywhere, both on land and in water. It includes all organisms, from microscopic bacteria to more complex plants and animals. Biodiversity underlies the health of ecosystems, it supports human livelihoods and well-being, and it is being lost at an alarming rate.

In China, one of the world’s most biodiversity-rich countries, more than 27% of species are considered threatened. The conservation of biodiversity is a key area of work for IUCN at the global level and in China.

Countdown 2010 in China

COUNTDOWN 2010 is a network of partners working together to reach the international target to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010.

Launched in China in September 2007, the Countdown 2010 China Hub highlights and supports the country’s progress towards this target. Through this initiative, IUCN China works with stakeholders to increase awareness of the target and raise the level of action towards meeting it.

Visit the Countdown 2010 website to learn more about our partners in China and the goal of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010.


Medicinal Plants

IUCN is working with partners to apply innovative approaches for the protection of medicinal plants in mountains of the Upper Yangtze ecoregion.

Running until 2010, this project is funded by the EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP). It is a landscape level partnership using innovative ecosystem management and incentive based approaches to address the degradation of medicinal plant ecosystems and improve livelihoods in the biodiversity-rich mountainous Minshan and Qinling landscapes. 

IUCN China is working with World Wide Fund for Nature, TRAFFIC International, the Sichuan Forestry Department, the Gansu Forestry Department, the Shaanxi Forestry Department, and the Sichuan Administration Bureau of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


IUCN China works with Huaxin on Biodiversity assessment

A program agreement was signed in March 2010 between IUCN China and Huaxin Cement Co., Ltd. (Huaxin). This four-month agreement is within the framework of the global cooperation between Holcim Group of Companies (a major shareholder of Huaxin Cement) and IUCN, which is aimed at development robust ecosystem conservation standards for the Holcim Group, contributing to sector-wide improvements.

The project objective is to provide Huaxin with data on the plant species and vegetation types at its two sites (Huangshi and Chibi) and preliminary recommendations for management of these resources.

The 4-month agreement was completed in June 2010.