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Journal of Mountain Science

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 168–177 | Cite as

De-farming and ecological restoration in the loess hilly-gully region in northern China

  • Xu Yong Email author
  • Tang Qing 
  • Ma Dingguo 
  • Guo Tengyun 
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Abstract

De-farming has been a powerful measure taken by the central and local governments of China for ecological restoration in the loess hilly-gully region since 2000. In years past, aid-based de-farming pattern was far and wide popularized in the region and terrace-based de-farming pattern demonstrated in a few small watersheds was also rather effective for ecological restoration. After summing up the features of three patterns (aid-based de-farming slope farmland more than 25° (AD25), aid-based de-farming slope farmland more than 15° (AD15) and terrace-based de-farming (TD)), this paper analyzed the regional difference of these patterns in de-farming area, ecological restoration, investment demand and so on. The results show that there are two crucial areas in the loess hilly-gully region for ecological restoration at the moment, the policies adaptation to the different areas should be constituted as soon as possible and the limited fund should be devoted to the two crucial areas.

Keywords

De-farming ecological restoration loess hilly-gully region China 

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© Science Press 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xu Yong 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tang Qing 
    • 1
  • Ma Dingguo 
    • 1
  • Guo Tengyun 
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchCASBeijingChina

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