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Assessing the effects of ecological restoration approaches in the alpine rangelands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
Zhen, Lin1,2,3; Du, Bingzhen1; Wei, Yunjie1,2; Xiao, Yu1,2; Sheng, Wenping1
2018-09-01
Source PublicationENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS
ISSN1748-9326
Volume13Issue:9Pages:10
Corresponding AuthorZhen, Lin(zhenl@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractEcological restoration has increased in prominence since the last century as an active way to reverse ecosystem deterioration derived from human interventions. The goal of this study was to assess the impact of restoration approaches on ecological and economic conditions of typical regions in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Data were collected using structured questionnaires delivered to 195 herders living in areas with average elevation above 3773 m. Land use maps, MODIS images, and government statistics were also used for the study. It was found that local herders have adopted five major approaches, i.e. enclosure, grazing prohibition, enclosure + deratization, enclosure + deratization + grass seeding, and enclosure + deratization + crop-forage cultivation + warm sheds, to ensure success of the restoration programs initiated by the government. The results show that vegetation coverage, especially for high and very high coverage grasslands, increased across the study sites and across approaches used, with a high grassland recovery rate observed in the areas where either grazing is prohibited or grassland management was dominated by integration approaches. Furthermore, households who employed integrated approaches tended to have more animals to rear, higher capability of resisting risks, and higher income than those who did not. These findings imply that balanced ecological and economic development is possible when appropriate management approaches are adopted. However, evaluation and monitoring of grassland conditions are needed to readjust restoration policy and associated approaches in a timely manner.
Keywordecological restoration approaches NDVI animal grazing income Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
DOI10.1088/1748-9326/aada51
WOS KeywordLAND CONVERSION PROGRAM ; ECOSYSTEM SERVICES ; STAKEHOLDER ANALYSIS ; CHINA ; IMPACTS ; GRASSLAND ; DYNAMICS ; SOIL ; AGRICULTURE ; MANAGEMENT
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Key Research and Development Program of China[2016YFC0503700] ; National Key Research and Development Program of China[2016YFC0501906]
Funding OrganizationNational Key Research and Development Program of China
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000444072600001
PublisherIOP PUBLISHING LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/54280
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorZhen, Lin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Sch Resource & Environm, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Minist Land & Resources, Key Lab Resources & Environm Carrying Capac Asses, Beijing 100812, Peoples R China
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Zhen, Lin,Du, Bingzhen,Wei, Yunjie,et al. Assessing the effects of ecological restoration approaches in the alpine rangelands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau[J]. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS,2018,13(9):10.
APA Zhen, Lin,Du, Bingzhen,Wei, Yunjie,Xiao, Yu,&Sheng, Wenping.(2018).Assessing the effects of ecological restoration approaches in the alpine rangelands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS,13(9),10.
MLA Zhen, Lin,et al."Assessing the effects of ecological restoration approaches in the alpine rangelands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau".ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS 13.9(2018):10.
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