Rural Development in the Poyang Lake Region amid Floods

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


This chapter provides an introduction to the Poyang Lake Region, including local agriculture, flood history, and the levee system around Poyang Lake. The chapter also describes China’s broader policy and development context, under which rural households develop their livelihoods. The PLR possesses unique social, economic, and environmental characteristics but also confronts the same issues for rural development as other rural areas in China. These issues include continued low levels of rural income and agriculture decline associated with increasing nonfarm income.


Poyang Lake Region Agriculture Flood hazards Levees Rural development issues Policy context in China 


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  1. 1.Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, College of ScienceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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