Restoration and Development of the Degraded Loess Plateau, China

  • Atsushi Tsunekawa
  • Guobin Liu
  • Norikazu Yamanaka
  • Sheng Du

Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Nature of the Loess Plateau

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mei-Jie Yan, Qiu-Yue He, Norikazu Yamanaka, Sheng Du
      Pages 3-21
    3. Reiji Kimura, Naru Takayama
      Pages 23-33
    4. Sadahiro Yamamoto, Tsuneyoshi Endo
      Pages 35-47
    5. Norikazu Yamanaka, Qing-Chun Hou, Sheng Du
      Pages 49-60
    6. Ping An, Tomoe Inoue, Mingqing Zheng, A. Egrinya Eneji, Shinobu Inanaga
      Pages 61-74
  3. Desertification of the Loess Plateau

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Fenli Zheng, Bin Wang
      Pages 77-92
    3. Katsuyuki Shimizu, Shen-Li Yang, Yoshinobu Kitamura
      Pages 93-110
    4. Jing-Feng He, Jin-Hong Guan, Wen-Hui Zhang
      Pages 111-120
  4. Countermeasures for Combating Desertification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Zhan-Bin Li, Peng Li, Ping-Ping Huang, Xiao-Jun Liu
      Pages 123-135
    3. Ji-Jun Wang, Zhi-De Jiang, Zi-Lan Xia
      Pages 137-147
  5. Development of Technology to Combat Desertification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Reiji Kimura
      Pages 175-182
    3. Yoshinobu Kitamura, Sheng-Li Yang, Katsuyuki Shimizu
      Pages 199-213
    4. Kyoichi Otsuki, Norikazu Yamanaka, Sheng Du
      Pages 233-251
  6. Future of the Loess Plateau

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Guobin Liu, Atsushi Tsunekawa, Xiaohu Dang, Sheng Du
      Pages 267-282
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-288

About this book


This book presents state-of-the-art scientific evidence and technological innovations to restore lands on the Loess Plateau of China, known worldwide for its serious land degradation and desertification problems. Supported by a rapidly developing Chinese economy and the dissemination of effective technology, the Grain-for-Green Project and Western Development Action launched by the Chinese government have resulted in successful ecological restoration and protection over the past 30 years. These programs have contributed not only to conservation of soil and water, but also to economic development. At the same time, however, these developmental interventions have brought new challenges that have not yet been fully addressed. The book describes (1) case studies of success and failure in practice, including rare success stories of combating desertification; (2) technical issues such as erosion control and breeding of stress-tolerant plant species, and socioeconomic measures taken by the Chinese government and lending policies with support from the World Bank; and (3) comprehensive measures against desertification, such as water and wind erosion, salinization, and deforestation. This volume is recommended for researchers and students above the undergraduate level in diverse fields including soil science, rural engineering, social technology and civil engineering, biology, ecology, climatology, physical and human geography, and developmental economics, among others. It also serves as a valuable resource for engineers, government officials, and NPOs and NGOs involved in afforestation, ecological restoration, combating desertification, disaster prevention, and sustainable rural development.


Desertification Grain-for-Green Project Loess Plateau Soil and vegetation degradation Western Development Action

Editors and affiliations

  • Atsushi Tsunekawa
    • 1
  • Guobin Liu
    • 2
  • Norikazu Yamanaka
    • 3
  • Sheng Du
    • 4
  1. 1.Arid Land Research CenterTottori UniversityTottoriJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Soil and Water ConservationChinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water ResourcesYanglingChina, People's Republic
  3. 3.Arid Land Research CenterTottori UniversityTottoriJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Soil and Water ConservationChinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water ResourcesYanglingChina, People's Republic

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