• A student studies a feather through a magnifying glass during a conservation education class in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Over the past century, the world has lost over 50% of its coastal mangroves. They have been cleared mainly to make way for commercial shrimp and fish farms. The unique trees which live in salt water are valued for the ability to protect shorelines and are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. 2010
  • Students take part in a mock 'oil-spill' clean-up, during a conservation education class in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Over the past century, the world has lost over 50% of its coastal mangroves. They have been cleared mainly to make way for commercial shrimp and fish farms. The unique trees which live in salt water are valued for the ability to protect shorelines and are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. 2010
  • A mangrove tree depicted in a wallpaper in a conservation education center in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Over the past century, the world has lost over 50% of its coastal mangroves. They have been cleared mainly to make way for commercial shrimp and fish farms. The unique trees which live in salt water are valued for the ability to protect shorelines and are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. 2010
  • Teachers in a classroom during a conservation education class in in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Over the past century, the world has lost over 50% of its coastal mangroves. They have been cleared mainly to make way for commercial shrimp and fish farms. The unique trees which live in salt water are valued for the ability to protect shorelines and are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. 2010
  • Students taking part in a conservation education class in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Over the past century, the world has lost over 50% of its coastal mangroves. They have been cleared mainly to make way for commercial shrimp and fish farms. The unique trees which live in salt water are valued for the ability to protect shorelines and are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. 2010
  • A woman holds tea leaves collected from a plantation nestled in the remote mountain valleys of northern Sichuan. Tea plantations are some of the projects being targeted by the EU-China Biodiversity Program to promote sustainable harvesting in the region.  Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A man drinks tea in a small village in Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A man stands amongst a collection of bee hives in the forests of Pingwu County in northern Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A man in the forests of Pingwu County in northern Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Recently cut trees in a forest in Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Piles of wood lie next to a small stream running through the forests of northern Sichuan. Many locals from mountainous rural communities still rely on harvesting wood from the forests for heating and cooking.  Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A man in his home in a remote village in the mountains of Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A young girl plays in a stream in the forested mountains of Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A man carries a satellite dish through  forest in Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Crops grow on a crumbling hillside in the mountains of Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Chinese medicine brought into the collection center in Pingwu County, Sichuan. It is estimated that 75 percent of commercially harvested traditional Chinese medicine comes from the mountainous forests of the upper Yangtze region.  Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Local men toast one another during a lunch. The red alcohol which they consume is a home-brewed 'moonshine' made from a traditional Chinese medicinal plant called wuweizi that is harvested from local forests. These men claim that consumption of alcohol is good for the stomach and liver. Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A local farmer brings tree bark, used for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), into the EU-China Biodiversity Program-sponsored center that aims to control and monitor the amount of TCM harvested from the local forests. Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A highway under construction in the mountains near Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • A woman holds tea leaves collected from a plantation nestled in the remote mountain valleys of northern Sichuan. Tea plantations are some of the projects being targeted by the EU-China Biodiversity Program to promote sustainable harvesting in the region.  Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Children collect tea leaves from a plantation nestled in the remote mountain valleys of northern Sichuan. Tea plantations are some of the projects being targeted by the EU-China Biodiversity Program to promote sustainable harvesting in the region.  Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • As China's rapid economic development continues, modernization through roads and infrastructure spreads to some of the country's most remote regions, increasing the ability to access the resources which these regions contain. Pingwu County, Sichuan Province. China
  • A man stands amongst a collection of bee hives in the forests of Pingwu County in northern Sichuan Province, south-west China.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine is collected from the forests by locals, often unregulated and unchecked. Unsustainable harvesting is still a problem throughout Sichuan as demand for the medicine increases each year.  Pingwu County in Sichuan Province, south-west China.
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