Currently in China, there are more than 2,700 government-run nature reserves, accounting for over 18% of the national land. Moreover, a large unaccounted number of land-trust Nature Reserve are effectively filling the gaps in the system. In these areas, many frontline rangers work day and night, rain or shine, guarding the wildlife that inhabits the land. However, as far as wildlife conservation is concerned, we have failed to give them the amount of attention that they deserve.
To address this issue, we launched the first edition of the "Paradise Ranger Awards" in 2019, ready to nominate 10 frontline rangers annually for the following ten years and award each winner RMB 20,000.
We hope that their efforts will be more widely known and recognized, that they and the landscapes they guard day and night will be given more attention. It is to their credit that lucid waters and lush mountains can remain so and can possibly be treated as invaluable assets.