By Mei-Jie Yan, Qiu-Yue He, Norikazu Yamanaka, Sheng Du (auth.), Atsushi Tsunekawa, Guobin Liu, Norikazu Yamanaka, Sheng Du (eds.)

This e-book offers cutting-edge medical facts and technological techniques to revive lands at the Loess Plateau of China, identified around the world for its severe land degradation and desertification difficulties. Supported by means of a quickly constructing chinese language economic climate and the dissemination of potent know-how, the Grain-for-Green undertaking and Western improvement motion introduced via the chinese language govt have ended in profitable ecological recovery and safeguard during the last 30 years. those courses have contributed not just to conservation of soil and water, but additionally to fiscal improvement. even as, in spite of the fact that, those developmental interventions have introduced new demanding situations that experience now not but been totally addressed. The publication describes (1) case stories of good fortune and failure in perform, together with infrequent luck tales of scuffling with desertification; (2) technical concerns akin to erosion keep an eye on and breeding of stress-tolerant plant species, and socioeconomic measures taken via the chinese language executive and lending regulations with help from the area financial institution; and (3) entire measures opposed to desertification, resembling water and wind erosion, salinization, and deforestation. This quantity is suggested for researchers and scholars above the undergraduate point in varied fields together with soil technological know-how, rural engineering, social expertise and civil engineering, biology, ecology, climatology, actual and human geography, and developmental economics, between others. It additionally serves as a helpful source for engineers, govt officers, and NPOs and NGOs desirous about afforestation, ecological recovery, struggling with desertification, catastrophe prevention, and sustainable rural development.

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