The Focus and Role of Biological Research in Giant Panda Conservation

The Focus and Role of Biological Research in Giant Panda Conservation

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The Focus and Role of Biological Research in Giant Panda Conservation Author(s): Donald G. Reid Source: Bears:TheirBiologyandManagement, Vol. 9, Part 1: A Selection of Papers from the Ninth International Conference on Bear Research and Management, Missoula, Montana, February 23-28, 1992 (1994), pp. 23-33 Published by: International Association of Bear Research and Management Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3872681 . Accessed: 16/10/2011 23:09 . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. International Association of Bear Research and Management is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Bears: Their Biology and Management. http://www.jstor.org
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THE FOCUS AND ROLE OF BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN GIANT PANDA CONSERVATION DONALD G. REID, Ecology Group, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2A9 Abstract: The Ministry of Forestry of the Peoples Republic of China and World Wide Fund for Nature have cooperated since 1980 in an effort to conserve the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in the wild in China. This conservation project has 4 major components: biological research, population survey, management planning, and training. This paper first evaluates the focus and results of the biological research using a framework based on population viability analysis and life-history theory. Demographic parameters and the causes of their variation are still poorly understood. A number of habitat-related ecological processes are relatively well understood. Second the paper assesses the dominant role of biological research in the project. The principal threats to panda population viability are anthropogenic: habitat loss and poaching. However, this conservation project has not sufficiently addressed the socio-economic conditions and behaviors that cause and influence the threats to panda persistence. Incorporating social scientists along with biological scientists in a team of investigators at the inception of a conservation project should make the project more successful. Int. Conf. Bear Res. and Manage. 9(l):23-33 The Chinese Ministry of Forestry (MoF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have cooperated since 1980 in efforts to conserve the giant panda in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). Wildlife
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