Adapting to droughts in Yuanyang Terrace of SW China: insight from disaster risk reduction

  • Yehong Sun
  • Hongjian Zhou
  • Lingyun Zhang
  • Qingwen Min
  • Weixia Yin
Original Article


Despite international focus on how to facilitate adaptation to droughts in a changing climate, a good deal of adaptation will be enacted at the local level. Focusing on the Yuanyang Terrace of SW China (a very famous agricultural heritage site), this study illustrates that land use change, dynamic adaptation and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) are the main measures to reduce the drought disaster risk and have the important role in adapting to droughts based on methodology of the land use survey, household questionnaire, local government and companies’ interview. And a new conceptual model of adaptation from the insight of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was proposed in spatial, temporal and social dimensions. It is a good practice to adapt to disaster risk and agricultural heritage conservation by tourism development. Adaptive risk management is more important in adapting to disaster risk in order to maintain heritages conservation and local livelihood improvement.


Agricultural heritage sites Adaptation Climate change Drought Yuanyang Terrace 



This work was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (No. 41171402), the Post-doctor Foundation of China (No. 20110490569), international project of “GEF-FAO/GIAHS conservation and adaptive management”, and was partly supported by the Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC) project, which funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Swiss Agency for Development & Co-operation and the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yehong Sun
    • 1
    • 4
  • Hongjian Zhou
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lingyun Zhang
    • 1
  • Qingwen Min
    • 4
  • Weixia Yin
    • 3
  1. 1.Tourism InstituteBeijing Union UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC), Ministry of Civil AffairsBeijingChina
  3. 3.College of Geography and Remote Sensing SciencesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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