Hainan Island

November 2003

Conservation benefit: Protection of the highly endangered Hainan gibbon

Community benefit: Scholarships for the children of four villages

One of the world’s most endangered primates is the Hainan gibbon, with only 19 individuals remaining, all living in Bawangling Reserve on Hainan Island off the south coast of China. The four villages close to the reserve are populated by poor Miao and Li minority tribes people, who have been cutting down trees in the reserve. The villages contain 200 children aged 8 to 13 whose families cannot afford to send them to primary school.

Seacology, working with both the Zoological Society of Shanghai and the Zoological Society of Paris, will underwrite the costs of scholarships for all 200 primary school age children in the four villages adjacent to the reserve in exchange for the villagers’ agreement to forgo nonsustainable exploitation of the reserve. Instead, they will pursue alternatives such as bee farming, producing handicrafts, and growing medicinal herbs.

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Project Updates
January 2007
A total of 719 scholarships were awarded between September 2004 and December 2005 to elementary and middle school children in exchange for families’ agreements to protect the Bawangling National...
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July 2005
A Seacology expedition visited this project in April 2005. 250 families have signed the agreement and are receiving scholarships for their children. There is now an unprecedented level of...
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January 2005
Approximately 200 families have signed the conservation agreement. A Seacology expedition will visit Hainan in April 2005.
July 2004
Representatives from Shanghai Zoological Society (SZS) met with village residents to design agreement forms and discuss how the scholarships will be distributed. A SZS representative will be in...
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