To better protect the country's biodiversity, China is pooling efforts to further protect endangered species and crack down on illegal animal trafficking.
"China will intensify and coordinate efforts to strengthen wildlife protection," said Yin Hong, deputy director of the State Forestry Administration (SFA), at a recent briefing.
China has rich wildlife resources. More than 6,500 vertebrate species, or about 10 percent of the world's total, live in China, according to SFA.
Over 470 land-based vertebrates are native only to China, including the giant panda, golden monkey, South China tiger and Chinese alligator.
China has paid great attention to the protection of endangered species and has achieved significant progress since it joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1981.
Over the past few decades, China has continuously worked on its legal framework to improve wildlife protection.
In 1988, China's Law on the Protection of Wildlife went into effect, laying down basic rules for the conservation of rare and endangered species, as well as the protection, development and rational use of wildlife to safeguard the ecological balance.
The government also put 256 species on a national protection list in 1988, stipulating that it would be illegal to slaughter or sell animals on the list. More....