Environmental Management

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 301–311 | Cite as

Land use and management in the People's Republic of China

  • Vaclav Smil


Widespread disregard for essential principles of sound environmental management and protection during the three decades of Communist rule prior to 1980 have exacerbated traditional shortages of good arable land and productive forest cover in the People's Republic of China. The government's policies have also drastically reduced valuable freshwater surfaces, caused extensive grassland deterioration and soil erosion, and brought about many local and regional climatic changes. However, new policies put into effect recently are attempting to reverse these trends with a sound ecosystemic approach to land management.

Key words

Land use Land management People's Republic of China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vaclav Smil
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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