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Situated on the Tibetan Plateau is Sanjiangyuan, the head of the Yangtze River, Yellow River and the Lancang River, a fresh water supply and home to a large number of endemic and endangered species in China. This area has the world’s largest connected snow leopard habitat. It also nurtures the greatest distribution of large carnivores on the Tibetan Plateau and even in the world in terms of diversity and population density. In Sanjiangyuan, we practice community-based conservation with both modern science and traditional customs.
Since 2009, our conservation projects in this region have covered the ecosystems of alpine meadows, alpine grassland, wetlands, forests and shrublands. On the one hand, we have worked with Peking University and local communities to set up a network of camera traps and carry out wildlife research and conservation. On the other hand, our partnership with local villages has led to practical solutions and paradigms addressing issues such as human-wildlife conflict, grassland degradation, and habitat fragmentation. In the meantime, we explored conservation-friendly community development and public participation measures such as technical training, science volunteering, nature experience charter, and Nature Watch Festivals, in a larger context of the National Park Pilot Program. In addition, we have also contributed to policy-making processes in cooperation with the local governments.