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Capacity Building

Enhancing nature reserves’ management capacity is one of Kadoorie Conservation China Department’s priorities. In addition to direct involvement in managing Hainan Yinggeling National Nature Reserve, we advise different reserves in the aspects of reserve planning, resource management, research and monitoring, and community-based conservation. We recommend specific conservation interventions, as well as introducing appropriate advanced conservation approaches to reserve management. We also organise local and overseas study tours for our partners. To boost the morale of our partners, we designed a number of reserve logos which are proudly embedded in their education materials and team uniforms.


KCC also provides regular training programmes for frontline wardens; topics cover patrol and survey techniques, species identification and inventory, and use of field equipment. We involve wardens in field surveys and monitoring, and advanced training will be given to outstanding performers. Some of them are becoming local experts or “parataxonomists” and contributing to actual research work. Most wardens are local villagers with long tradition of forest resource use; we instill conservation concepts through working with them on a day-to-day basis, slowly transforming former hunters/loggers into forest guardians, who help spread conservation messages back in their communities. 


Since 2013, KCC identifies major conservation issues which has been largely neglected and organises conservation forums, topics include “Camera trap in wildlife monitoring”, “Development of China’s grass-root conservation NGOs”, “Conservation strategy of overlooked mammals in tropical China”, “Conservation of hornbills in China” and “Range-wide conservation of Eld’s deer”, etc. The forum serves as a major platform for sharing and exchange amongst reserve managers and experts, in a hope to raise the capacity of China’s conservation practitioners to international standard. KCC also regularly shares information on conservation issues of China and surrounding areas in international conservation conferences so that the international community is kept abreast of the development in China. KCC maintains regular communications with the international conservation community to exchange latest conservation news and seek opportunities for collaboration. Many of us are members of various IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Groups and contribute to many species assessments for the IUCN Red List. 

KCC is the Regional Implementer for China’s Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), responsible for managing all projects in South China includes Hong Kong, Macau, Hainan Island, southern parts of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’ Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure that civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. In the years 2013–2020, CEPF implemented the second phase investment within the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot, investing US$10 millions in biodiversity conservation projects in South China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (More information ain.aspx) For enquiries, please contact us: Specialist from KCC is also invited to be the Advisor for the Chinese conservation NGO called “Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology” to enhance the capacity of NGOs in China, and the steering group member of the Australia-based Protected Areas Learning & Research Collaboration (PALRC).