Collaborating for conservation in China

China is a vast, ‘megadiverse’ country that contains over 10% of global mammal species and a wide range of ecosystems, from tropical rainforests to marine and freshwater systems, and the Tibetan Plateau.  However, the country is experiencing overexploitation of resources, loss of natural habitats associated with high human-population density and rapid economic growth.

In recent years, a growing number of UK institutions have become involved with conservation in China and developed collaborative projects with Chinese partners with wide-ranging goals, tools and techniques.  These projects have faced numerous environmental, administrative, logistical, cultural and political challenges, and have achieved varied levels of success.

This event presents a first overview of the range and variety of conservation projects conducted in China by different UK institutions.  From academic organisations to international conservation NGOs, these projects vary from targeted species-specific conservation to a wider ecosystem level of coverage.  Each project has unique outputs and individually they have lessons to impart about effective strategies for international collaboration.  This is an opportunity to find out about the range of conservation projects being delivered in China to protect its unique biodiversity.


  • Dr Samuel Turvey, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology, ZSL
    Dolphins, gibbons, and giant salamanders: is it possible to save China's threatened biodiversity?
  • Dr Simon Dowell, Science Director, Chester Zoo
    Community-based conservation and development for nature reserves in Sichuan Province
  • Dr Philip Riordan, Head of Conservation Biology, Marwell Zoo and and Senior Research Fellow, Beijing Forestry University
    Snow Leopard Research and Conservation in the mountains of China
  • Yifu Wang, University of Cambridge
    Save pangolins from the traditional Chinese medicine market in China
  • Dr Nigel Clark, British Trust for Ornithology
    Conservation of the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper: a flagship for a flyway
  • John Barker, Head of Programmes - India and China, WWF UK
    Experiences of WWF in  collaborating for conservation in China and opportunities for the future
  • Chaired by John MacKinnon, Honorary Professor af the Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology, University of Kent


Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.

  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.


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