illustration of the library, provided for NBD

The general construction plan of a panda-themed library located in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province was reviewed and approved Tuesday.

This is jointly initiated by Chengdu Panda Road Primary School and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

At the same time, letters soliciting books and audiovisual products related giant pandas are sent to United Nations Development Program (UNDP), China Wildlife Conservation Association, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and other organizations and individuals who care for wild animals and love giant pandas.

All these mark the commencement of construction of the world's first "Panda-themed Library".

illustration of the library, provided for NBD

The idea of the library came from several third-graders at the school who desire to learn more about the giant pandas.

Zhang Mingrong, principal of Chengdu Panda Road Primary School said that several students wrote to the education bureau of Chenghua District and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, proposing the establishment of a panda library. The proposal was later approved by the government and relevant research institutes and preparatory work started.

The library will be divided into zones for Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Oceania based on where the files come from. It is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018.

After knowing the news about the library, Mr. Patrick Haverman, the UNDP Deputy Country Director in China sent his messages.

Ladies and Gentleman:

Pandas symbolize the plight of the world’s diminishing wildlife in the face of climate change and the loss of natural habitats. But that plight doesn’t affect just wildlife like the pandas – both biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are essential for improving and sustaining human wellbeing.

It is great that students initiated the panda theme library idea, it will be a positive cycle when you are getting knowledge pandas, you will be aware of nature and environment and ecology preserve. Moreover, by reading and collecting books, you will be given a magic portal to connect with people and the world of the past and the present. You will never feel lonely or powerless whenever and wherever you are.

Therefore, I encourage students and people all around the world, to observe your surroundings, talk to your families and friends, together to participate in this great initiative plan”.

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Editor: Gao Han