Canada-China agreement on protected areas cooperation

Beijing, China
8 February 2012

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the protection and preservation of Canada's cultural and natural heritage and to collaborating with its international partners on priority environmental issues of common interest.  In keeping with this commitment, the Government of Canada signed on February 8, 2012, an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on protected areas cooperation with China’s State Forestry Administration, which is responsible for the management of China’s network of nature reserves. 

The purpose of the MOU, which is effective immediately, is to provide a framework for Parks Canada and China’s State Forestry Administration to collaborate and share their professional and scientific knowledge and experience in the management of national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas.

Areas of cooperation may include:

  • The development and implementation of national parks and nature reserves management, planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
  • Ecological restoration, public education, tourism and visitors experience;
  • Conservation measures for endangered wild fauna and flora species and their habitat, including species reintroduction;
  • Development and management of wetland parks, monitoring and management of wetlands of international importance; and
  • Conservation measures for the preservation of forests and wetlands within national parks and nature reserves.

The MOU also recognizes that both the Peoples Republic of China and Canada are parties to a number of international conventions regarding protected areas planning and management.

Parks Canada manages more than 300,000 square kilometres of protected areas in its country-wide network of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Through its world-class expertise in protected area and park management and conservation, Parks Canada provides opportunities for Canadians to learn about and have extraordinary experiences of discovery at these national treasures.