Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Environmental effects under China’s western development strategy: A case study in the Beipan River basin, Guizhou

Language

English

Abstract

© 2014 Taylor & Francis. This paper is based on a case study in the Beipan River basin, which aims to assess the success of environmental initiatives in southwest China under the national Western Development Strategy. The research uses data searching, interviews and in situ observation. The results of erosion, Karst stony-desertification, reforestation and the water quality of the Beipan River reveal that the ecosystems in the basin were improved during 2000–2012. Geology, topography, hydrology, climate and human impacts will remain major challenges to the future ecological conservation and environmental protection. Future environmental development in the basin and southwest China will demand a long-term, holistic approach to overcome both natural and human impacts.

Keywords

Ecosystems, Environment, Evaluation, Restoration, Southwest China

Publication Date

2015

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Environmental Studies

Volume

72

Issue

1

Start Page

132

End Page

145

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/00207233.2014.961312

ISSN (print)

00207233

ISSN (electronic)

10290400

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