Privacy Policy

We value your privacy to a maximum extent. This page explains how we collect, protect and use private information you provide us with.

Who we are

On this page, “we” refers exclusively the Yangtze Institute for Conservation and Development and our official website is

Data collection

To provide the required services to you through our website, we need to collect private information, also known as personal identifiable information (hereinafter referred to as PII), of yours, but we limit such collection to the minimum extent possible. If you have any additional questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via this page.

We collect PII under these circumstances.

Posting comments

If you are posting comments on pages where comments are open, we will collect information as displayed on the comment form, and your public IP address and the user agent string of your browser, which is to help us filter spams.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you are to subscribe to our newsletter, we will collect your name, email, IP, device information and usage data.

Filling forms

If you are going to fill in any form we provide, we will collect the information as displayed on the form and your IP address.

Data storage

The PII you provided to us will be stored in our own databases which are strictly encrypted.

All the information, unless other-wisely declared, will be stored for a maximum of three consecutive years and erased permanently after that.


Cookies are small bits of information about your browsing activity that we store on your device. These bits of information allow us to provide you with better experience while you use our website. We only use strictly necessary Cookies on our website.

When you visit our website for the first time, you will be reminded that we are using cookies. When you offer your consent, a cookie will be stored on your device to hide this reminder. This cookie is valid for 365 days.

When you visit our website, a cookie will be created to store your language preference, and this cookie is valid for 365 days.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Third party content

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Your rights

If you have provided us with your PII, you can request to receive an exported file of the PII we hold about you. You can also request that we erase any PII we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep or disclose for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

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