Results from the Xishuangbanna Biodiversity Corridors

The following are major results from the Xishuangbanna biodiversity corridors work so far, covering CEP Phase I and II


Biodiversity Corridor Livelihood Support

  • A Village Development Plan was created for Mangxin pilot village.
  • Over 60 villagers trained on conservation and livelihoods including eco-tea garden development, commercial tree planting, pig raising, rural environment management, and ecotourism.
  • Over 20 hectares of land reforested with over 130,000 trees.
  • Fifteen energy saving stoves introduced to households in the pilot village to reduce fuel wood use.
  • Twenty solar street lamps were installed in the pilot village
  • More than 20,000 medicinal value orchids planted in old tea gardens.
  • Village Development Fund lent villagers funds for sustainable livelihood activities including eco-tea garden development and planning for VDFs in more villages underway.
  • VDF management mechanisms and systems strengthened in corridor villages.
  • Pilot eco-tea garden established in the corridor covering 13.5 hectares, including a nursery.
  • Rural waste water treatment project conducted in Mangxin, includingwetlands and other infrastructure developed.
  • A solid waste incinerator and 10 waste collection stations built for four villages.
  • A film was produced to raise awareness about environmental challenges in Xishuangbanna and the biodiversity conservation corridors approach.

Biodiversity Corridor Planning and Management

  • Management rules and regulations for four biodiversity conservation corridor was drafted and submitted to governmental agencies for review.
  • An implementation and investment plan for biodiversity conservation in Xishuangbanna was developed.
  • A participatory land use plan for the Nabanhe-Mangao biodiversity corridor was completed, identifying ecological elements and services, classifying land, zoning ecological functions, and specifying land use rules.

Transboundary Biodiversity Landscape (Mekong Headwaters)

  • Yunnan and Lao PDR provincial authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration on biodiversity conservation in transboundary areas.
  • Yunnan and Lao PDR provincial authorities collaborated on a survey of the wild elephant population in the Sino-Lao Joint Protected Area, and will use this as a basis for preparing a joint conservation and action plan.
  • Biodiversity cooperation meetings held between Myanmar and Yunnan provincial authorities.


  • Four biodiversity corridors identified and developed following biodiversity and socioeconomic surveys and land-use mapping.
  • Xishuangbanna Prefectural government approval gained for the boundaries of two pilot corridors and a policy and institutional analysis on corridor management was created in consultation with villagers, local leaders and nature reserve managers.
  • Poverty reduction interventions piloted including the establishment of Village Development Funds, which provided loans for sustainable livelihood activities to nearly 400 households.
  • Ecosystem restoration improved forest cover of around 900 hectares of land through natural and human-assisted regeneration, while the closure of a rock quarry near Mengla Township led to the restoration of local tree species, enabling the return of wild Asian elephants.
  • The Bulong Nature Reserve covering 35,300 hectares of forested land along the border with Myanmar was established.
  • The Xishuangbanna Education Base for Biodiversity Conservation was established.

Publish Date: 15th June 2014

Last Updated: 19th September 2016

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