An overview of the “Three-North” Shelterbelt project in China

Abstract

The “Three-North” Shelterbelt is the largest and most distinctive artificial ecological engineering project in China. It has been conducted since November 25, 1978 in the “Three-North” (i.e., Northeast China, North China and Northwest China) regions. In this study, the background and the essential benefits of the “Three-North” Shelterbelt project are summarized. The basic status and future development of the “Three-North” Shelterbelt project are also studied. As well, we tried to discuss the problems existing in the current shelterbelt system and the strategies to conduct this ecological project rationally.

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Li, M., Liu, A., Zou, C. et al. An overview of the “Three-North” Shelterbelt project in China. For. Stud. China 14, 70–79 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11632-012-0108-3

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Key words

  • “Three-North” Shelterbelt project
  • essential benefits
  • species adaptability