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Bee reserve stings planned tiger reserve


20:23, July 29, 2013

HARBIN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Plans for a Siberian tiger reserve in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have hit a snag, as the reserve could pose a threat to the booming local bee-keeping industry, local forestry authorities said.

With the number of Siberian tigers in Russia approaching saturation in recent years, wild tigers have tended to migrate to northeastern provinces in China, where the environmental conditions are favorable for the tigers, according to monitoring results from both countries.

China and Russia are cooperating on the construction of a cross-border eco-passage for Siberian tigers that would connect planned tiger reserves in the two countries and expand the wild Siberian tigers' habitats so that they can migrate freely, without border restrictions.

The Siberian tiger reserves are expected to be built in Russia's Far East Primorsky Territory and a forest in the eastern part of the Wanda Mountains in China's Heilongjiang Province, according to the plan.

However, in China, the plan is not going ahead smoothly.

The planned Siberian tiger reserve in Heilongjiang Province is scheduled to cover 202,000 hectares. Of the total, 94 percent of the tiger reserve, or 190,300 hectares, will overlap a black bee nature reserve in the region, according to sources with the province's Dongfanghong Forestry Bureau.

Covering about 1.22 million hectares, the black bee nature reserve, located in Raohe County, Shuangyashan City, was developed as a state-level nature reserve in 1997 in a bid to protect the area's black bees and nectar-secreting plants.

If the Siberian tiger reserve is built, the black bee nature reserve would have to turn over about 15.5 percent of its total area to the tiger reserve, as the two reserves can not coexist, the sources said.

Zhang Shusen, director of the wildlife protection department of the Heilongjiang Provincial Forest Industry Bureau, said the Siberian tiger reserve has to push to get some land from the black bee nature reserve, because it is unlikely that the planned cross-border eco-passage for Siberian tigers can be changed.

However, the black bee nature reserve authorities have refused to give up any land for the Siberian tiger reserve.

Li Changchun, deputy director of the management bureau of the black bee nature reserve, said he is unwilling to reduce the size of the black bee nature reserve, even though he supports the construction of the Siberian tiger reserve.

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