Yuan Lei’s visit to Gansu

Last month, Yuan Lei’s preparations for his Bactrian camel research were briefly interrupted as he was invited to the Gansu Anxi Extremely Arid Desert Reserve in northwestern China to participate in a small workshop to discuss the management and sustainable development of the reserve.  He sent the EDGE team the following information.

Workshop delegates - Yuan Lei on far left

Gansu Anxi Extremely Aridity Desert Reserve celebrates 20 years since its establishment this year.  Representatives from over 10 nature reserves and SEPA (Station Environment Protection Agency of China), and some university professors were invited to join the celebration from whole of China.  Our reserve (Lop Nur) is one of the reserves that was invited.  Anxi is 1,100km far away from our office from Urumqi.  We stayed in Anxi for three days.  During the celebration, we visited the reserve, specimen room, and reserve’s office.  

Delegates visiting Gansu Anxi Reserve 

On the last day, we had a workshop at a hotel.  Among the delegates, there were representatives from three reserves around Lop Nur Nature Reserve, which lie to the west and north of Lop Nur.  These three reserves can be seen from Lop Nur Nature Reserve’s periphery area.  They are situated around Lop Nor Nature Reserve and play a role in protecting the reserve.  But only one of those three reserves, Annaba Nature Reserve, belongs to the wild camel nature reserve.  The other two are other types of reserve. 

Workshop delegates 

Because Annba nature reserve is connected to Lop Nur Reserve, this reserve will also be my study area.

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