A roundtable meeting, Russia and China: Preserving Nature Together, was held on the first day of the 6th Russia’s Primeval Nature festival at the Central House of Artists. The event was attended by representatives of Russian and Chinese environmental, scientific and educational organisations.
Merited Ecologist of the Russian Federation Vsevolod Stepanitsky, an advisor to the Far Eastern Leopards general director, gave a report on the prospects for Russian-Chinese cross-border cooperation in biodiversity conservation as part of the meeting. The speaker presented a project to create a cross-border nature reserve that would include Land of the Leopard National Park, the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park (PRC).
“Such an international agreement between states will raise Russian-Chinese cooperation in biodiversity conservation in border areas to a new level,” said Vsevolod Stepanitsky.
Also in his speech, Stepanitsky proposed naming the future cross-border reserve Land of Big Cats.
According to Land of the Leopard experts, in 2018, 86 adult Far Eastern leopards and 21 cubs were spotted in the nature reserve, the national park and its protected area.