Grazing – a way of rearing livestock, has always existed in the area where giant pandas are distributed. However, there are more and more potential negative impacts that occur when society relies greatly on grazing. According to the 3rd and 4th national giant panda surveys, grazing is, unfortunately, the most widespread human disturbance in the Giant Panda Sanctuary.
What are the problems?
Livestock foraging and trampling on bamboo will greatly reduce the height of bamboo, the number of bamboo leaves and the density of bamboo shoots. These will not only affect the food of giant pandas, but also their habitat.
Are there any solutions?
In 2018/19, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong funded the project “Study on Sustainable Grazing and Management Measures for Giant Pandas’ Habitats” led by Professor Li Binbin. The project seeks solutions from various aspects such as laws and regulations, community supervision, market mechanisms etc. to find a suitable balance between giant panda conservation and local development of the society.