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YUNNAN - CHINA : Department of Wildlife management and ecosystem health

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A research department « Wildlife management and ecosystem health » has been created in March 2012 in the School of Urban and Natural Resources Management at the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, China, in collaboration with the Chrono-environment department.

Initiated during Dr Li Li’s sabbatical in the Chrono-environment department at Besançon, a programme is ongoing on the effect of landscape fragmentation and global warming on the ecology of the black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti). This primate is endemic of mountain forests and in danger of extinction. It has a population of about 3000 individuals, distributed across a narrow region stretching from Mangkang in Tibet to Yunlong in Yunnan, in the Yunling Mountains. In Yunnan, the species lives in 13 populations isolated in 15 remnant forest patches.

The department “Wildlife management and ecosystem health” will also participate to research in eco-epidemiology carried out in Ningxia and Sichuan by the Chrono-environment department in collaboration with other international research groups (China, UK, Australia, etc.).

Prof. Patrick Giraudoux has been appointed Distinguished Professor of the Yunnan University of Finance and Economics and Foreign director of the Wildlife management and ecosystem health department.

Yunnan is a province of south-west China stretching from the Vietnam, Laos, and Burma borders to the Tibetan plateau. Yunnan Province has less than 4% of the land of China, but has 26 main ethnic minorities themselves divided in a large number of branches; it contains more than 50% (apx 17000) of the plant species present in China, and half of the bird and mammal species

Patrick Giraudoux
Li Li