China to create huge panda park

SHANGHAI: China’s Sichuan province government has secured 10bil yuan (RM6bil) in funding over the next five years for a planned Giant Panda Natio­nal Park, three times the size of the US Yellowstone National Park, China Daily reported.

The park will protect wild pandas across Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, while the funding will help alleviate poverty for residents living within the park and improve infrastructure, the China Daily reported a park planning official as saying yesterday.

Last month, China’s environment ministry said it had approved plans by 15 provinces and regions to draw up “red lines” to keep large areas of its territory off-limits to economic development. — Reuters