Department of Geography
Environmental effects under China’s western development strategy: A case study in the Beipan River basin, Guizhou
© 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.
Ecosystems, Environment, Evaluation, Restoration, Southwest China
Source Publication Title
International Journal of Environmental Studies
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Yu, Xiaojiang. "Environmental effects under China’s western development strategy: A case study in the Beipan River basin, Guizhou." International Journal of Environmental Studies 72.1 (2015): 132-145.