Reforestation Programs in Southwest China: Reported Success, Observed Failure, and the Reasons Why

Title:
Reforestation Programs in Southwest China: Reported Success, Observed Failure, and the Reasons Why
Authors:
Trac, Christine Jane; Harrell, Stevan; Hinckley, Thomas M.; Schmidt, Amanda C. Henck
Abstract:
Ever since the disastrous floods of 1998, the Chinese government has used the Natural Forest Protection and Sloping Land Conversion Programs to promote afforestation and reforestation as means to reduce runoff, control erosion, and stabilize local livelihoods. These two ambitious programs have been reported as large-scale successes, contributing to an overall increase in China’s forest cover and to the stated goals of environmental stabilization. A small-scale field study at the project level of the implementation of these two programs in Baiwu Township, Yanyuan County, Sichuan, casts doubt upon the accuracy and reliability of these claims of success; ground observations revealed utter failure in some sites and only marginal success in others. Reasons for this discrepancy are posited as involving ecological, economic, and bureaucratic factors. Further research is suggested to determine whether these discrepancies are merely local aberrations or represent larger-scale failures in reforestation programs.
Citation:
Trac, Christine Jane, Stevan Harrell, Thomas M. Hinckley, and Amanda C. Henck. 2007. "Reforestation Programs in Southwest China: Reported Success, Observed Failure, and the Reasons Why." Journal of Mountain Science 4(4): 275-292.
Publisher:
Springer Verlag
DATE ISSUED:
2007
Department:
Geology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1007/s11629-007-0275-1
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309883

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dc.contributor.authorTrac, Christine Janeen_US
dc.contributor.authorHarrell, Stevanen_US
dc.contributor.authorHinckley, Thomas M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Amanda C. Hencken_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:20:15Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:20:15Z-
dc.date.issued2007en
dc.identifier.citationTrac, Christine Jane, Stevan Harrell, Thomas M. Hinckley, and Amanda C. Henck. 2007. "Reforestation Programs in Southwest China: Reported Success, Observed Failure, and the Reasons Why." Journal of Mountain Science 4(4): 275-292.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1672-6316en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309883-
dc.description.abstractEver since the disastrous floods of 1998, the Chinese government has used the Natural Forest Protection and Sloping Land Conversion Programs to promote afforestation and reforestation as means to reduce runoff, control erosion, and stabilize local livelihoods. These two ambitious programs have been reported as large-scale successes, contributing to an overall increase in China’s forest cover and to the stated goals of environmental stabilization. A small-scale field study at the project level of the implementation of these two programs in Baiwu Township, Yanyuan County, Sichuan, casts doubt upon the accuracy and reliability of these claims of success; ground observations revealed utter failure in some sites and only marginal success in others. Reasons for this discrepancy are posited as involving ecological, economic, and bureaucratic factors. Further research is suggested to determine whether these discrepancies are merely local aberrations or represent larger-scale failures in reforestation programs.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11629-007-0275-1-
dc.subject.departmentGeologyen_US
dc.titleReforestation Programs in Southwest China: Reported Success, Observed Failure, and the Reasons Whyen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Mountain Scienceen_US
dc.subject.keywordForestsen_US
dc.subject.keywordAfforestationen_US
dc.subject.keywordReforestationen_US
dc.subject.keywordGrain-to-greenen_US
dc.subject.keywordNatural forest protection planen_US
dc.subject.keywordChinaen_US
dc.subject.keywordSichuan Sheng (China)en_US
dc.subject.keywordLiangshanen_US
dc.identifier.volume4en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.startpage275en_US
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