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GREEN MATCH FUND 2023 The 20-27th April 2023 saw the Green Match Fund 2023 when donations made to 178 participating charities were doubled. Some are protecting specific animals such as dormice or otters, whilst others are focusing on habitats such as hedgerows or seagrass. Some are based in the UK but help wildlife overseas. The event raised over £4,349,330 for the participating charities through 22,457 donations! This well exceeded the previous year's event (£2.8 million). Well done everyone!
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
Looking through the info I have on Good Being Done, I was delighted to see that forestry authorities in Shaanxi Province have launched an ecological corridor programme.
The province is situated in the north west of China, and the idea behind the programme is to connect habitats of giant pandas which have become fragmented. This means that the pandas will be able to move between the habitats.
By way of bridge construction and road culvert clearance, six such corridors will be built by 2027 in the Qinling mountains areas. The pandas will then be able to move around more easily.
That’s not all – bamboo trees will be planted along the corridors, and vegetation will be restored. This means that the pandas will have more to eat.
The thing is that this defragmentation of panda habitat was all down to human activities again. Human doings such as road traffic and hydropower station construction caused it. And that meant the pandas couldn’t connect and breed – they find breeding hard enough as it is – so it didn’t help the panda population.
Nationwide research showed that there were about 345 wild pandas living in the Qinling areas, so may there be many more in the future!
Forestry authorities in China's north western Shaanxi Province have launched an ecological corridor programme.
The programme will connect fragmented giant panda habitat, making it easier for pandas to make their way across the region safely. Six such corridors will be built by 2027 using bridge construction and road culvert clearance.
In addition to building the corridors, bamboo trees are to be planted and vegetation restored along the route. This means that the pandas willl have plenty to eat along the way.
Human activities, road traffic and hydropower station construction meant that panda habitat was being divided into six parts in the Qinling area - it was hard for pandas to connect and move about.
Research shows that about 345 pandas live in the Qinling area. May there be many more!
The Sichaun province government has secured %1.58 billion in funding during the next 5 years for a planned Giant Panda National Park.
The park will be three times the size of the US Yellowstone National Park, so it will be enormous – 10,476 square miles in all.
The park will protect wild pandas living across the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. The environment ministry said it had agreed to plans by 15 provinces and regions to draw up red lines to keep large areas of land off limits to economic development. These large areas include wetlands, forests, national parks and protected nature zones.
Over 80% of wild pandas live in Sichuan, and the rest in Shaanxi and Gansu. The park plans will link up the pandas who are isolated in these areas and encourage them to breed. Pandas are terribly slow at reproducing and there are several breeding centres in China to help with panda conservation.
Although the number of wild pandas have increased in recent years, the continued increase in numbers depends on having the right habitat available to pandas to breed so the announcement of the Giant Panda National Park is a step in the right direction to ensuring they have the right environment in which to thrive.