Chinese grasslands: Problems, dilemmas and finding solutions

Kemp, David, Brown, Colin, Guodong, Han, Michalk, David, Zhibiao, Nan, Jianping, Wu and Zhu, Xu (2011). Chinese grasslands: Problems, dilemmas and finding solutions. In: D. R. Kemp and D. L. Michalk, Development of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China: Proceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference. 21st International Grassland Congress and 8th International Rangelands Conference, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, (12-24). 28 June 2008.

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Author Kemp, David
Brown, Colin
Guodong, Han
Michalk, David
Zhibiao, Nan
Jianping, Wu
Zhu, Xu
Title of paper Chinese grasslands: Problems, dilemmas and finding solutions
Conference name 21st International Grassland Congress and 8th International Rangelands Conference
Conference location Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
Conference dates 28 June 2008
Proceedings title Development of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China: Proceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference
Place of Publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921615456; 921615463
Editor D. R. Kemp
D. L. Michalk
Volume 134
Start page 12
End page 24
Total pages 13
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary China’s 400 million hectares of grasslands are its most extensive natural resource and have supported livestock production for millennia. During the past century, however, increasing pressures have resulted in a considerable rise in human and livestock populations that has limited household incomes and resulted in 90% of the grasslands being classified as degraded to some degree. Government policies have sought to reverse these adverse trends. This paper introduces projects designed to both improve household incomes and provide the opportunities for grassland rehabilitation. This work included analyses of policy development and its implementation from national to local levels, and of new environmental concerns to reduce greenhouse gas production from grazing livestock. The methodology employed was to survey the current farm structures and productivity, then use a systems approach and a series of computer models to analyse the current status of livestock production and investigate options for improvement. Officials at various levels of government and industry were surveyed to understand the policy and institutional settings that affect grassland utilisation. In developing strategies for farm and income improvement, emphasis was placed on the initial changes that could achieve real benefits, taking into account herder/farmer attitudes to livestock and land management. Initial work to test project ideas on farm has begun.
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