Ranger lets nature work – Chinadaily.com.cn

Ranger lets nature work - Chinadaily.com.cn


Sanitation workers clean up garbage on steep cliffs at Wulingyuan scenic area in Hunan province. [Photo by Deng Daoli/China Daily]

He calls for more financial support from the central government because it”s not easy for the local government to balance heritage preservation and economic development. They sometimes have to rely on future development to provide the funds needed for protection, but the investment in protection is high.

Hu also suggests that education about the uniqueness of Wulingyuan should start from kindergarten, exerting an invisible, formative influence on local younger generation. It will raise their awareness of protecting the natural environment and resources.

“Tour guides play a crucial role as ambassadors for Wulingyuan, and they should promote the heritage value. For example, they can improve their knowledge via training, and incorporate more heritage-related content to tour guide speeches, ensuring that visitors have an overall understanding of Wulingyuan,” he says.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Heritage Outlook assessed Wulingyuan as of “significant concern” in 2014, noting that its outstanding universal value was threatened by the development of tourism facilities, roads, and increased visitation.

Since then, Wulingyuan started to put more efforts into prioritizing preservation, and in 2020, the IUCN World Heritage Outlook assessed it as “good with some concerns”.