Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 821–832 | Cite as

An assessment of conservation effects in Shilin Karst of South China Karst

  • Jin Duan
  • Yuhui Li
  • Jin Huang
Original Article


World Heritage is of outstanding universal value and has irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration to humanity. It is important to evaluate the effectiveness of World Heritage site management. As a part of the South China Karst World Natural Heritage, Yunnan Shilin Karst was included in the World Heritage list on 27 June 2007. To quantify the effects of the Yunnan Shilin Karst site conservation, the changes in ecosystem service value of the Yunnan Shilin Karst area and the nearby buffer zone were analyzed by utilizing remote-sensing images, geographic information system and an ecosystem service value model. The results indicate that significant conservation effects of the Yunnan Shilin Karst have been made since 1992, and of the buffer zone since 2004.


Ecosystem service value Conservation effects Geographic information system (GIS) World Heritage Buffer zone Shilin Karst 



The study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (40762004) and China Key Basic Study Development Plan Project (973 Program, 2009CB42631). We thank Professors Thomas Montgomery and Cindy Tang for revising the paper in English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Politics and LawTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Resources Science and TechnologyBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.College of Tourism and Geography SciencesYunnan Normal UniversityKunmingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Administrative Bureau of ShilinScenic and Historic AreasShilinPeople’s Republic of China

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