Towards the creation of a national parks system in China
According to Caixin Online, the State Council is currently working on a plan aiming at establishing a national parks system. Taking for example the Yellowstone Park, the plan’s objective is to create 9 U.S.-style national parks. Moreover, it aims to establish a set of national standards on park management in the whole country, which represents 8,000 sites over the next two years.
Different reasons spurred Chinese officials to start this project. Firstly, the concerned areas lack adequate supervision and 26% of them have no assigned management team. The second reason is that half of them are polluted due to the development of mass tourism. However, this plan encounters some obstacles. Indeed, since 1994, local governments can name a site “natural reserve”, so as to raise the ticket price, which provides them with a substantial amount of money.