Members in Action: Jiang Zhu, CERP, Senior Engineer of Urban Planning
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Posted by: Keith MacCallum
Jiang Zhu is a Senior Engineer with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design in Beijing, China. He is also a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. We reached out to him to learn more about his experience in the field of ecological restoration.
How did you get involved in restoration?
The WenChuan M8.0 Earthquake in China (May 12, 2008) caused huge damage to the giant panda habitat (a World heritage listed in 2006) located in Qingchengshan-Dujiangyan National Park (a World heritage listed in 2000), in Sichuan Province of China. And that’s the time when I was in the period of my graduate study. In the project of “Planning of the Post-earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for the QingchengshanDujiangyan National Park”, I was mainly in charge of establishing strategies to recovery the giant panda habitat, which included local plants recovery and rescue, giant panda mountain route determination, giant panda rescue channel establishment, and reconstruction of potential corridor for giant panda. In the spring of 2009, 13 giant pandas after WenChuan Earthquake returned the natural protection area.
What else do you want to share?
I also assisted the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Dujiangyan Breeding Research Center (330 acres, completed) and the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Rescue and Dujiangyan Giant Panda Rescue and Disease Control Center, Wolong Nature Reserve (125 acres, completed) to complete the site selection for rebuild as these centers were completely destroyed by the WenChuan earthquake.