The extreme climate variability that characterizes China's arid rangelands can cause drought and degradation, resulting in dust storms, floods, animal losses, financial hardship and a decline in food availability. Faced with the possibility of even greater climate extremes in the future, communities need to learn how to manipulate the biological processes and socio-economic influences operating in these areas.
These case studies represent a failure to plan for climate variation in the management of China's arid rangelands. However, evidence from throughout China's arid landscapes has shown that several management options and interventions can stop and even reverse pasture and land degradation.
Through a discussion of new approaches and an examination of the successes and failures of past degradation and recovery episodes, this book will provide the necessary insight to develop sustainable rangeland management strategies for the future.
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