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Sustainability of eco-environment in semi-arid regions: Lessons from the Chinese Loess Plateau
Wang, Kaibo1; Deng, Lei2; Shangguan, Zhouping2; Chen, Yiping1; Lin, Xin3
Corresponding AuthorChen, Yiping(lifesci@ieecas.cn) ; Lin, Xin(xinlin@chd.edu.cn)
2021-11-01
Source PublicationENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY
ISSN1462-9011
Volume125Pages:126-134
AbstractThe eco-environment of semi-arid regions is extremely sensitive and vulnerable to climate change and human activities. The realization of sustainability of eco-environments has long been a key issue. Consequently, we analysed the Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP) to identify solutions to the sustainable development of such regions. We first reviewed the eco-environmental changes in the CLP and discussed the impacts of human activities over the past 3000 years, and then summarized previous experiences on the protection and restoration of degraded eco-environments. Our study indicates that the increasing demand for cultivated land has led to the destruction of vegetation and subsequent worsening of soil erosion on the CLP, which in turn, has led to an increase in floods in the Yellow River basin. However, many positive measures, such as slope cropland abandonment and afforestation have been demonstrated to be effective in improving the eco-environment via reducing soil erosion, and decreasing sediment input and flood disasters in the Yellow River in recent decades. Nonetheless, emerging problems such as water shortage, food insecurity, rapid urban development, and over-exploitation of energy resources hinder the sustainable development of the eco-environment in the CLP. Given the historical and present eco-environmental situations of the CLP, we provide suggestions for the sustainable development of both the eco-environment and social economy, which could serve as guidelines for eco-environmental design and government policy-making in semi-arid regions globally.
KeywordSustainable development Eco-environmental change Human activities Chinese Loess Plateau Semi-arid regions
DOI10.1016/j.envsci.2021.08.025
WOS KeywordECOSYSTEM RESPONSES ; WATER CONSERVATION ; YELLOW-RIVER ; SOIL ; IMPACT ; REVEGETATION
Indexed BySCI ; SCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[42041005] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41671511] ; West Light Foundation of Chinese Academy of Sciences[XAB2018A01] ; Youth Research Fund of Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences[QNJJ201809]
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; West Light Foundation of Chinese Academy of Sciences ; Youth Research Fund of Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000704478000001
PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ieecas.cn/handle/361006/17095
Collection生态环境研究室
Corresponding AuthorChen, Yiping; Lin, Xin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Earth Environm, State Key Lab Loess & Quaternary Geol, Xian 710061, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
2.Northwest A&F Univ, State Key Lab Soil Eros & Dryland Farming Loess P, Yangling 712100, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
3.Changan Univ, Sch Earth Sci & Resources, Xian 710054, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
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Wang, Kaibo,Deng, Lei,Shangguan, Zhouping,et al. Sustainability of eco-environment in semi-arid regions: Lessons from the Chinese Loess Plateau[J]. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY,2021,125:126-134.
APA Wang, Kaibo,Deng, Lei,Shangguan, Zhouping,Chen, Yiping,&Lin, Xin.(2021).Sustainability of eco-environment in semi-arid regions: Lessons from the Chinese Loess Plateau.ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY,125,126-134.
MLA Wang, Kaibo,et al."Sustainability of eco-environment in semi-arid regions: Lessons from the Chinese Loess Plateau".ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY 125(2021):126-134.
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