Grazing Exclusion to Recover Degraded Alpine Pastures Needs Scientific Assessments across the Northern Tibetan Plateau
Yu, CQ; Zhang, XZ; Zhang, J; Li, SW; Song, CQ; Fang, YZ; Wurst, S; Wu, JS
2016
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume8Issue:11Pages:-
AbstractThe northern Tibetan Plateau is the most traditional and important semi-nomadic region in Tibet. The alpine vegetation is sensitive and vulnerable to climate change and human activities, and is also important as an ecological security in protecting the headwaters of major rivers in Asia. Therefore, the Tibetan alpine grasslands have fundamental significance to both Mainland China and South Asia. The pasture degradation, however, likely threatens the livelihood of residents and the habitats of wildlife on this plateau. Since 2004, the government has launched a series of ecological restoration projects and economic compensatory payment polices. Many fences were additionally built on degraded pastures to prevent new degradation, to promote functionality recovery, and to balance the stocking rate with forage productivity. The grazed vs. fenced paired pastures across different zonal grassland communities along evident environmental gradients provide us with a natural comparative experiment platform to test the relative contributions of natural and anthropogenic factors. This study critically reviews the background, significance of and debates on short-term grazing exclusion with fences in this region. We also aim to figure out scientific and standardized workflows for assessing the effectiveness of grazing exclusion and compensatory payments in the future.
SubtypeJournal
Keywordalpine grasslands climate change compensatory payment fencing grazing enclosure livestock management
Subject AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS Subject ExtendedGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS KeywordCLIMATE-CHANGE ; PRECIPITATION GRADIENT ; ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS ; DIVERSITY ; GRASSLANDS ; CHINA ; PRODUCTIVITY ; RICHNESS ; TRAITS ; IMPACT
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000389316200082
PublisherMDPI AG
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Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/44159
Collection生态系统网络观测与模拟院重点实验室_生态网络实验室
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Yu, CQ,Zhang, XZ,Zhang, J,et al. Grazing Exclusion to Recover Degraded Alpine Pastures Needs Scientific Assessments across the Northern Tibetan Plateau[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2016,8(11):-.
APA Yu, CQ.,Zhang, XZ.,Zhang, J.,Li, SW.,Song, CQ.,...&Wu, JS.(2016).Grazing Exclusion to Recover Degraded Alpine Pastures Needs Scientific Assessments across the Northern Tibetan Plateau.SUSTAINABILITY,8(11),-.
MLA Yu, CQ,et al."Grazing Exclusion to Recover Degraded Alpine Pastures Needs Scientific Assessments across the Northern Tibetan Plateau".SUSTAINABILITY 8.11(2016):-.
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