Xishuangbanna BCI Pilot Site, Yunnan, PR China (2007 onwards)

The Xishuangbanna biodiversity conservation corridors pilot site is located in southern Yunnan and stretches down to the border with Lao PDR. Of the eight corridors identified, CEP has focused activities in two (Nabanhe to Mangao and Mengla to Shangyong), the latter of which includes a transboundary nature reserve that is home to a wild elephant population.

The two corridors were established through CEP in 2007 in collaboration with the Yunnan Provincial Environmental Protection Department (YEPD). They encompass nearly 18,000 hectares and forest degradation is considered the greatest threat to biodiversity in the area. In total the two corridors cover 48 villages with a total population of 11,233 that includes five major ethnic groups (Dai, Hani, Lahu, Jingpo, and Han).

Besides cultivating paddy fields, farmers in the Nabanhe-Mangao corridor are mostly involved in tea and sugarcane production. In the Mengla-Shangyong corridor there has been a surge in rubber plantations with farmers becoming increasingly dependent on this commodity. This has led to increased competition over natural forest resources and less diversified production of cash crops such as fruit and oil.

Pilot activities included initiatives under three main areas: poverty reduction, land use planning and management, and ecosystem restoration. These resulted in village development funds, forest regeneration, corridor boundary approval, the establishment of nature reserves and transboundary conservation agreements between PRC and Lao PDR. Find out more about these results.

CEP Phase II Support 2012–2016

Building on the Phase I work described above, CEP is continuing to supporting YEPD to improve biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in the corridor areas. This includes helping facilitate YEPD cooperation efforts with Lao PDR counterparts on 200,000 hectares of joint protected areas, strengthening biodiversity conservation corridor management, and promoting sustainable livelihoods.


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Publish Date: 11th May 2012

Last Updated: 1st March 2018

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Profile: Manxing Eco‑Village, Yunnan

2nd March 2018

It is late morning on a hot September day as our car winds around the edge of a valley and enters Manxing village. The narrow streets look paved in gold, but the illusion is dispelled as we soon see they are carpeted in maize kernels, there to dry on the warm concrete.

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Village Development Funds in the GMS

31st March 2018

In Guangxi, near the border with Viet Nam, a concrete slab was laid in a small village to give its children somewhere to play basketball. A long way to the east, a Dai ethnic man in southern Yunnan Province was able to buy 500 chickens to start a new livelihood. Down south to the Tenasserim Mountains in western Thailand, local people gathered on a royal holiday to plant trees to help restore a damaged forest. These are just a few examples of how people are using village development funds (VDFs)—revolving funds that provide low interest loans to local people in some of the poorest areas of the GMS—to improve livelihoods.

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