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Coping Strategies with Desertification in China

  • Wang Shili 
  • Ma Yuping 
  • Hou Qiong 
  • Wang Yinshun 

Abstract

Desertification was defined as “land degradation in arid, semi-arid or sub-humid dry areas resulting from various factors including climatic variations and human activities” in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). About two-thirds of the countries of the world, one-fifth of the global population and one-fourth of the land of the earth are now affected by desertification with a direct economic loss about US$ 42.3 billion every year. Desertification has become a source of poverty and a constraint to socioeconomic sustainable development. Combating desertification, ecological improvement and sustainable development is an imperative hard task for the world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wang Shili 
    • 1
  • Ma Yuping 
  • Hou Qiong 
    • 2
  • Wang Yinshun 
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Eco-environment and AgrometeorologyChinese Academy of Meteorological SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Inner Mongolia Meteorological InstituteHohhot, Inner MongoliaChina
  3. 3.Xilinhot National Climate Observatory of Inner MongoliaXilinhot City Inner MongoliaChina

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