Chapter 4.8 - A Continuing Inquiry into Ecosystem Restoration: Examples from China’s Loess Plateau and Locations Worldwide and Their Emerging Implications A2 - Chabay, Ilan

John D. Liu, Bradley T. Hiller

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Abstract

Abstract Hundreds to even thousands of years of environmental destruction left the Chinese Loess Plateau a virtual “moonscape.” However, strategic restoration efforts combining satellite technology and community involvement led to recovery of the vegetation cover, and even though areas of agricultural production were reduced, productivity has since increased. A strong call for replication of this process in other parts of the world emerged from this experience, as well as a paradigm shift in economic thinking, putting the emphasis on ecological function rather than on what is extracted from nature. This approach is essential to safeguard a sustainable relationship with the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLand Restoration
Subtitle of host publicationReclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future
EditorsMartin Frick, Jennifer Helgeson
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherAcademic Press
Pages361-379
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-801231-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • ecosystem restoration
  • Loess Plateau China
  • ecosystem function
  • sustainability
  • replication
  • international

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