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Autumn meeting days, ShenZhen, Beijing

November 7, 2019

First World Forum on Nature Conservation, ShenZhen, China 30.10-1.11

The aim of the meeting was to foster domestic and international exchange of views about Natural Reserves and protected area management in China. It was the first meeting organized by the National Forest and Grassland administration of China (NFGA), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the People’s Government of Guandong Province, with the support of the ShenZhen Municipal People’s government. The CNOOC foundation, China Wildlife Conservation and China Green foundation were also co-organizers of this event.

Two IRN EHEDE members were invited and gave a presentation:

Eve Afonso Can wildlife conservation and ecotourism be conciliated? Lessons from Yunnan Snub-Nosed monkeys
Patrick Giraudoux Wildlife monitoring in socio-ecosystems: lessons from the LTSER area Arc jurassien and the IRN EHEDE

They also participated to two side meetings:

  • Sino-French Bilateral Workshop on the Cooperation in the Field of Nature Conservation, organized by the Agence française de la biodiversité, AFB, and the NFGA: the aim was to exchange views about potential collaborations between Chinese and French Natural Reserves and Parks. The Chinese and French delegates were led by Zhou ZhiHua, Deputy director general of the Natural Protected Area Management office of the NFGA and Cyrille Barnerias, head of the European and International office of the AFB.
  • Gaoligongshan National Park management scheme evaluation, as part of an external international expert panel (Australia, France, USA).

French-Chinese scientific seminar Environment and Biodiversity, Beijing, November 4-5

A French-Chinese symposium was hold under the umbrella of the French-Chinese Commmission Mixte Science et Technologie, during the State Visit of President Macron in China. It was organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, the CNRS and the French Embassy in China for France. The aim was to exchange about issues that will be developed at the next IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille (June 11-19, 2010) and the COP15 in Kunming (October 5-10, 2020). It covered three topics: Biodiversity and Global Change, Critical Zone, Soil Functionning, and Ecohealth.

GDRI members presented two talks as examples of sino-french cooperation:

Patrick Giraudoux and Li Li for the GDRI EHEDE Ecosystem health and environmental disease ecology: 25 years of Sino-French cooperation
Talk summary PG
Eve Afonso and Li Li for the GDRI EHEDE Can wildlife conservation and ecotourism be conciliated? Lessons from Yunnan Snub-Nosed monkeys
Talk summary EA
Cécile Callou The central role of Museum collections
Talk summary CC

Furthermore, part of Dominique Joly presentation about CNRS infrastructures and the role of the Zones ateliers was based on GDRI works on wild Asian elephants human conflicts.

Side conversations permit informal dialogue with Dominique Joly, CNRS-INEE vice-director in charge of large research infrastructures, Philippe Arnaud, the new director of the CNRS bureau in Beijing, and Philippe Grieu, Scientific Attaché of the French Embassy.