As head of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry’s National Parks Research Center (UBC-NPRC), Dr. Guangyu Wang is uniquely positioned to oversee research supporting international efforts to introduce and scale up national park systems. With decades of experience working on forests and protected areas worldwide, Dr. Wang has facilitated collaboration between organizations and institutions in Asia, Oceania, North and South America. Having worked as a professor and Associate Dean in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry for over 20 years, Dr. Wang has operated within a department that has a broad network of experts in sustainable natural landscape management.
Bridging Canada and Asia
Over the last 8 years, under Dr. Wang’s supervision, the UBC-NPRC has focused on supporting efforts to introduce a national park system to China. Dr. Wang’s research on the evaluation of China’s implementation of pilot national parks was featured in a 2016 Los Angeles Times article.
The UBC-NPRU has linked China’s progress in establishing national parks with Canada’s existing national park system. In the past, we have facilitated the training of China’s park officials organized by Parks Canada representatives. These officials now work in various capacities in China’s National Park Bureau. In October 2018, Dr. Guangyu Wang accompanied Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, to Sichuan province in China to promote national parks. An agreement was signed with the Chinese National Forest and Grasslands Administration (NFGA) to improve protected area cooperation between the two countries.
These networks serve to highlight the close and advantageous relationship the UBC-NPRC has with China and Canada, we are working to enhance this network through future collaboration.