- Gordon Dumoulin
How bio-diverse is China ?
In the light of last week’s UN Convention on Biodiversity in Kunming, Yunnan Province, did you know that China ranks 𝗻𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟰 in the world with highest biodiversity (after Brazil, Indonesia and Colombia) ?
As one of the 17 mega-biodiversity countries, 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝟭𝟬% 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝟭𝟰% 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱. 2,350 nature reserves cover about 15 percent of China’s land and a new system of national parks is in the process of being established. China’s landmass is about 6.3% of the total world landmass.
The high biodiversity in China stems from the large variety of ecosystems present, from tropical forests in the south, highlands and tundras in the 'roof the world' in the West, deserts in the North-West, grasslands and forests in the North-east to an immense sea coast line and large rivers. Mountain ranges scattered all over the country also resulted since prehistoric times in different local ecosystems with unique, indigenous flora and fauna.
Sources pictures : Wild Wonders of China
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