China is expanding its control over its vast wildlife reserves, as it seeks to ensure that the country can cope with a dramatic rise in the number of endangered species in its wilds.
The government on Wednesday announced that it had approved a plan that aims to conserve at least 50% of the country’s wildlife, while simultaneously curbing the use of invasive species.
The plan aims to curb the number and size of wild animals, such as tigers, elephants and whales.
Its aim is to “reduce the number to a point where it will not have a negative impact on the environment,” the country said in a statement.
China’s government is aiming to reduce the number in the wild to a level where it won’t have a significant impact on environment and society, the country has announced.
Read moreChina’s Wildlife Management Plan to Improve Wildlife ConservationIn a statement, China’s environment ministry said the government has approved the plan to conserve and restore nature by controlling invasive species and using the ecosystem’s natural resources for other purposes.
The government said the plan is expected to be implemented from July next year.
China is home to more than 90% of world’s wild mammals and has a growing population of large mammals, birds and reptiles, according to the United Nations’ World Wildlife Fund.
In a report last year, the U.N. said China is home with more than 60,000 threatened and endangered species.
China has been grappling with the countrys rapidly expanding appetite for wildlife, which is fueling a huge population boom, a rising demand for wildlife products and a huge growth in the country.
The countrys wilds have been decimated by development, pollution and overhunting, the United States said last year.
The number of wild mammals is estimated to be in decline in some parts of the nation, as is the population of reptiles.