From Mar. 28 to 30 sponsored by the State Forestry Administration, organized by the Forestry Department of Sichuan Province and co-organized by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the "2010 National Conference on Giant Panda Protection and Management" was held at the Chengdu Tibetan Hotel. More than 100 leaders, experts and representatives from relevant national, provincial and municipal governments such as the State Forestry Administration, the China Zoo Association, the China Wildlife Conservation Association, the Forestry Departments of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces, and other panda protection and research institutions such as the Institute of Zoology, the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Beijing Forestry University, Sichuan University, China West Normal University, Shaanxi Normal University, Wolong Nature Reserve, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding attended the meeting.
The Forestry Departments of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces as well as relevant nature reserves reported the situation on giant panda protection and management in 2009 and discussed many subjects, such as how to strengthen the protection of wild giant pandas, the development of a giant panda brand, and breeding of captive giant pandas. Meanwhile, the State Forestry Administration announced that the 4th National Giant Panda survey is about to begin to ascertain the current status of wild pandas and their habitat. It will also examine the outcomes of a 10-year ecological construction and wildlife conservation program. The meeting also discussed the plans for giant panda conservation for 2010.