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Zero Plastic in Panda National Park

Zero Plastic in Panda National Park

by goya | updated December 13, 2019

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With its largest population, China has produced the largest quantity of plastic in the world. By creating a zero plastic community, we believe that the waste of plastics can physically be reduced, and generate various benefits from it. In addition, creating zero plastic community and reducing plastic waste would help the environment to be more sustainable and resilient with its eco-friendly alternatives, and generate social, economic and environmental benefits through its solutions and strategy. Finally, its inspiration to other communities, cities, nations will be a huge social change positively and gradually. Our project goal is to create a scalable model of a zero plastic waste community for Giant Panda National Park in the Tangjiahe Nature Reserve. Moreover, we aim to integrate our plan of banning single-use plastics in one specific national park into the nationwide policy of the National Park System of China that could serve as a role model for other national parks worldwide. As a role model of the national park system, we hope our project inspires many other communities in the world to do the same to reduce plastic waste of the world.

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Nice overview!
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Project Title 

Zero Plastic Waste Community Planning in Giant Panda National Park

 

Objective

  • To create an integrated Zero-plastic Waste Community Planning in Tangjiahe Nature Reserve 

  • To promote nature education in Tangjiahe Nature Reserve with the active involvement of local residents 

  • To form regional and nationwide networks to contribute to the overall planning of the national park system in China  

  • To generate innovative business models based on plastic waste management  

 

Background and Rationale

The national park has become a new pattern for the protected natural site in China to promote both protection and development at the same time. The planning is of great strategic significance to pursue ecological civilization development. Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, the northernmost part of the Giant Panda National Park, has already established formal collaboration with the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University on green community transformation. Meanwhile, the foreseeable tourism boom in the next future accompanying the completion of the national park could create huge impact on the ecosystem of the region. In this regard, community planning based on the principle of zero plastic waste could have huge potential in terms of providing an integrated sustainable solution for the region. 

 

Methods

We have already collected data from semi-structured interviews with more than 100 villagers and local government officials as well as other related geographical information that is needed for community planning. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches would be adopted in our project in order to generate an inclusive, multi-stakeholder involved community planning that fits in the existing framework for the government’s construction plan of national parks. 

 

Partnership

  • Central Government of China

  • Local Government Bodies (township/county/provincial level)

  • International organizations 

  • Private sector (local startups & major companies)

  • Academia (top universities nationwide & regional universities) 

 

Implementation

        The Pilot Implementation Plan for the Giant Panda National Park System has already been prepared and issued in 2016. The focus of the pilot work, path, timetable, and responsible units have also been clarified. At the same time, the first draft of the Panda National Park Master Plan has been formed, and relevant special plans and special studies have been conducted. Over the last two years, the field survey of national park boundaries and functional zones has been completed in order to build the connectivity and promote the integration of different functional zones.

 

Expected Outcomes and Impacts

         We would like to generate a policy paper of zero-plastic community planning in Sichuan Giant Panda National Park follows the major principles of sustainable development. The existing national park planning framework will be largely considered in order to make our community planning in line with the government’s demands and expectations. The potential impact of the planning is not only limited to the domestic level but also has the possibility to scale up to the international stage where the zero-plastic community building could be regarded as a model for developing economies to promote sustainable development goals, specifically combining both environmental protection practice and economic advancement measure in order to pursue integrated long-term development planning for national parks and reserves.

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December 13, 2019 at 3:12 AM
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Was this data collected before the fall workshop took place? Might be good to explain that here
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December 13, 2019 at 3:35 AM
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Prior to deciding Qingchuan as our first checkpoint, we selected Qingxi Town, the nearest town to the park, as our first plastics barrier. But we soon realized that choosing this location would put too much pressure on the second checkpoint at the entrance. We also realized that not only did we have to change the first location, but we also had to turn Qingxi Town into a zero-plastics community to make sure that the biggest part of the plastics would be collected at Qingchuan.

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December 13, 2019 at 4:29 AM
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I feel like this was the moment where you started to prioritise including local stakeholders - a really great progression on your original idea.
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December 13, 2019 at 4:32 AM
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Feedback from last week pitch

  1. The big question: Plastic? 

  2. How do tourists drive plastic consumption? 

    1. Impact of tourism plastic waste?

  3. Why is this a problem?

  4. Why China?

    1. Making all national parks plastic-free

  5. How to stop plastic coming into protected areas 

  6. How to stop unsustainable tourism before it begins?

  7. Strategy:

    1. Checkpoint

    2. Business Model

    3. Business Model: Economic incentives 

    4. Environmental Education for Tourists

→Which one is better? may by 2 of them 

Results:

Plastic-free? 

  • Barriers and opportunities

  • Tourism-related plastic waste 

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December 13, 2019 at 4:59 AM
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Good job on the brochure. I really enjoyed this moment in your pitch too.
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Please see our 30 seconds version of final pitch below! 

https://youtu.be/ecr31Uw9j2M

December 13, 2019 at 5:21 AM
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December 13, 2019 at 5:33 AM
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Plastics are common in usage and starting right from polythene to water containers everything is made out of them. The primary reason being they are cheap and although they cannot be decomposed, they can be melted easily. Therefore, this can be a huge business and your investments are really less as compared to other business but it will give you good returns.



Two possible business models

  1. Alternatives of single-use plastic package/bottle 

  2. Collecting plastic and recycling

 

Please see a good example below!

Backpack ponchos: Peru’s solution to plastic pollution    

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/backpack-ponchos-perus-solution-plastic-pollution

December 13, 2019 at 5:37 AM
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Please see a huge number of plastic use in China!

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