Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in North-West China

  • Victor Squires
  • Limin Hua
  • Guolin Li
  • Degang Zhang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Rangeland Systems and People Under Pressure

  3. Combating Rangeland Degradation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Victor Squires, Hua Limin, Li Guolin, Zhang Degang
      Pages 41-59
  4. Achieving the Global Objectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Zhao Cheng-Zhang, Victor Squires
      Pages 101-125
    3. Long Ruijun, Shang Zhanhuan, Li Xiaogan, Jiang Ping-an, Jia Hong-tao, Victor Squires
      Pages 127-145
    4. Lang Xia, Wang Cailian, Victor Squires
      Pages 147-180
  5. Improving the Profitability and Sustainability of Herding and Farming in the Pastoral Areas of North-West China

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Zhang Degang, Ren Jizhou, Hua Limin, Victor Squires
      Pages 183-205
    3. Wu Jianping, Victor Squires, Yang Lian
      Pages 207-232
    4. Wang Meiping, Zhao Cheng-zhang, Hua Limin, Victor Squires
      Pages 255-282
  6. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Zhao Cheng-Zhang, Hua Limin, Victor Squires
      Pages 285-299
    3. D. L. Michalk, Hua Limin, David Kemp, Randall Jones, Taro Takahashi, Wu Jianping et al.
      Pages 301-324

About this book


This book reviews the extent of resource debasement in China’s pastoral zones and offers solutions for their sustainable use. This book draws upon the large body of Chinese language literature that is generally inaccessible to the English language audience. By having joint editors/contributors who are Chinese specialists of high repute we can “unlock” much useful data and synthesize the current thinking in China of government agencies and academic circles toward the notion of a systems approach to environmental management. This book reviews the extent of resource debasement in China’s pastoral zones and offers solutions for their sustainable use. The 5-parts deal with rangelands, and the people who manage them, and assess the prospects for rehabilitation. Topics include Livestock husbandry development and agro-pastoral integration in NW China; Ecological restoration and control of rangeland degradation. Despite widespread degradation, the book reveals the possibilities for rehabilitation and the implementation of sustainable use and for reclamation of degraded lands. There are fifteen chapters on subjects that include: Livestock management, Rangeland management interventions, Agro-pastoral integration, Improved animal husbandry practices as a basis for profitability. Land tenure and access, Environmental education, Ecological Restoration and New Management approaches for China’s northwest pastoral areas. Two chapters are devoted to the achievement of global environmental objectives. Carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation in mountain grasslands are just a few of the covered subjects. This portion of the book pays special attention to the successful results in Gansu– a major region of China’s pastoral lands. The final division addresses measures to improve the profitability and sustainability of herding and farming in the pastoral areas of north-west China. These and other innovative ideas make Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in China’s North West a valuable addition to any environmental library. It is vitally important that a beginning is made on addressing the issues raised here. It is timely that the direction be set and the first steps taken in that direction. If this book can help in the process of achieving better resource management in NW China, we will feel truly rewarded.


China Ecology Livestock Nomads Rangelands Sustainability biodiversity ecosystem environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Squires
    • 1
  • Limin Hua
    • 2
  • Guolin Li
    • 3
  • Degang Zhang
    • 4
  1. 1., Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of AdelaideSt. PetersAustralia
  2. 2.Gansu Bureau of Animal HusbandryLanzhouChina, People's Republic
  3. 3.Gansu Bureau of Animal HusbandryLanzhouChina, People's Republic
  4. 4., Grassland Science DepartmentGansu Agricultural UniversityLanzhouChina, People's Republic

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9621-0
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9622-7
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