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Type: Book chapter
Title: Historical degradation episodes in China: Socio-economic forces and their interaction with rangeland grazing systems since the 1950s
Author: Squires, Victor R.
Youlin, Yang
Citation: Rangeland degradation and recovery in China’s pastoral lands / Victor Squires...[et al] (eds.), Ch. 2, pp.15-29
Publisher: CAB International
Issue Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781845934965
School/Discipline: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
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Victor Squires and Yang Youlin
Abstract: This is not intended as a history of China’s past over the last 70 years. Instead, in this chapter, we seek to derive from history the insights necessary to plan for the future. The clear message that emerges is that the policy environment in the early years of the creation of New China often had unintended consequences and that the implications of these policies were not fully comprehended. The legacy of these past mistakes is with us today. We were motivated by the proposition that China’s pastoral rangelands would be better managed in the future if there were a greater understanding of how they were shaped in the recent past. By better understanding the mistakes made and the successes achieved, we might avoid ignoring the lessons of history.
Keywords: policy; pastoral nomadism; ecosystem management; human impacts; climate variability;population pressure; migration; resettlement; social systems; household responsibility system; landtenure; markets; natural disasters; collectivization; decollectivization; Cultural Revolution; land conversion; land reform
Description: Copyright © CAB International 2009
RMID: 0020098038
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