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Jinggang Mountains Join UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program

Date: 2012.07.19 Editor: Evelyn Shi

Noted as the cradle of the Chinese revolution, Jinggang Mountains have been included in the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program as the first reserve added in east China's Jiangxi province.


The subtropical mountains, along with the Niubeiliang Nature Reserve in northwest China's Shaanxi province, were added to the network at a MAB meeting held from July 9 to 13 in Paris.


Covering 213.5 square kilometers with a mid-subtropical humid monsoon climate and diverse landscapes, the mountain forests are well-preserved and are home to more than 40 state-protected animals. Moreover, the Jinggang Mountains are a popular historic attraction, as more than 100 historical sites linked to China's revolution are located there.


The MAB program, started in 1971, aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of the relationships between people and their environment. The UNESCO network includes 598 reserves in 117 countries, including 30 reserves in China.