Sanjiangyuan is located on the Tibetan Plateau, the birthplace of the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, and the Lancang River, as well as the headwaters for fresh water resources in China. It is also an important ecological buffer. Its special geographical location and abundant natural resources provide habitats for a large number of endemic and endangered species in China. The region has the world’s largest snow leopard habitat as well as the most densely distributed predator species locally and even globally. We leverage local traditions and culture around interactions with the environment as a foundation, then use modern scientific methods to promote community- based conservation of
species and habitats.
Since 2009, we have carried out conservation work in the Sanjiangyuan area. Part of our approach is to set up a trapping-based monitoring network to carry out wildlife research and conservation through cooperation with Peking University and local communities. In tandem we work with villages to carry out conservation practices in light of humanwildlife conflict, grassland degradation, habitat fragmentation and other issues. We explore conservation-compatible community development to ensure sustainability. In addition, we work with local governments and make recommendations for policy development.