Ecological restoration on Qinghai-Tibetan plateau: Problems, strategies and prospects

Zhanhuan Shang, Quanming Dong, Allan Degen, Ruijun Long

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Abstract

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a vast upland that is also an important source of water for China and several other nations in south Asia. Much land degradation has occurred in the past and this has led to serious ecosystem destruction and hardship for local inhabitants. In this chapter we discuss: 1) the nature and extent of the problems faced; 2) the restoration approaches used in the past; and 3) the current and future rehabilitation plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcological Restoration
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Challenges, Social Aspects and Environmental Benefits
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages151-176
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781634846349
ISBN (Print)9781634846110
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Alpine meadow
  • Black soil land
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carbon trade
  • Degradation
  • Ecological function
  • Ecotone
  • Glaciers
  • Global climate
  • Gradients
  • Inertia
  • Kobresia
  • Livestock
  • Overgrazing
  • Paradigm
  • Remote sensing
  • Revegetation
  • Shrubs
  • Sown pasture
  • Tibetans
  • Yaks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science

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