• BJAST Co-organized 2018 Beijing Nanhaizi Elk Culture Meeting
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  • On August 24, marking the 33rd anniversary of the return of elk to China, 2018 Beijing Nanhaizi Elk Culture Meeting organized by the Department of Wildlife Protection and Nature Reserve Management of State Administration of Forestry and Grassland, the People’s Government of Daxing District, BJAST and other units was held to help the construction of the national cultural center of Beijing. Wang Youguo, Deputy Secretary of Daxing District Committee and Governor of Daxing District of Beijing, Guo Guangsheng, President of BJAST, and Dominic, representative from Woburn Abby, the UK attended the meeting and delivered speeches. Liu Yuan, Deputy Director (ministerial level) of the Department of Wildlife Protection and Nature Reserve Management of State Administration of Forestry and Grassland, Wei Fuwen, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Conservation Biologist and other representatives of experts and scholars as well as representatives from various elk protection areas participated in the meeting.

    Wang Youguo pointed out that Daxing will be built into a national highland for elk research, original place of elk cultural communication and a new field for folk diplomacy of elk. Guo Guangsheng said that BJAST is willing to strengthen cooperation with all parties to jointly promote the application of Nanhaizi Elk Reserve for world natural heritage and the election of the elk image as the mascot of the winter Olympic Games, so as to help the construction of national cultural center and make new achievements in building Beijing into an international first-class harmonious and livable city.

    At the meeting, BJAST and the People’s Government of Daxing District signed the strategic cooperation agreement. The handover ceremony of sending elk to the 38th habitat, National Wetland Park of Mihe, Qingzhou, Shandong and the ceremony of presenting elk horn specimens to Nantong Museum, Jiangsu were held.

    Afterwards, a symposium on application of Elk Natural Reserve for the world heritage site and a seminar on collection of mascot for the Winter Olympics were held.

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