Hengduan Mountain Conifer Forests (PA53) | One Earth

Hengduan Mountain Conifer Forests bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 26,303
    Ecoregion Size (1000 ha)
  • 3
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 30%
    Protection Target
  • 7
    Protection Level

The Hengduan Mountain Conifer Forests bioregion includes a group of parallel mountain ranges that connect the southeast portion of the Tibetan Plateau with the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in southwest China. These forested mountains are defined by three rivers -- the Yangtze, Mekong, and Salween -- and are recognized today as the Three Parallel Rivers UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most biologically diverse temperate region on Earth, home to 6,000 plant species, 173 mammal species, and 417 bird species, many of which are endemic to the region. This bioregion contains three ecoregions — Hengduan Mountains Subalpine Conifer Forests (697), Nujiang Lancang Gorge Subalpine Conifer and Mixed Forests (704), Qionglai-Minshan Conifer Forests (706) — totaling over 26 million hectares of land area.

The Hengduan Mountain Conifer Forests bioregion is part of the Central East Asian Forests subrealm and is made up of three ecoregions: (1) Nujiang Lancang Gorge Subalpine Conifer and Mixed Forests (2) Hengduan Mountains Subalpine Conifer Forests (3) Qionglai-Minshan Conifer Forests. 

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