Zhang, J. Y., Dai, M. H., Wang, L. C., Zeng, C. F., and Su, W. C. 2016. The challenge and future of rocky desertification control in karst areas in southwest China. Solid Earth, 7:83-91, DOI:10.5194/se-7-83-2016, 2016.
Karst ecosystems in China are one of the main objectives of desertification control, since its conservation is important for economic and social development, especially of the rural population. These ecosystems are unique, due to both the high impact of human activities and their great vulnerability.
In this paper, recently published, researchers at the Nanjing University, the Chongqing Technology and Business University and the Guizhou Academy of Sciences (China), review the relationship between desertification and human impact on karst areas of China. The authors of the study propose a reduction of anthropic impacts and outline the possibilities for desertification control, analyzing the influence of migration policies, economic conditions and proposing assimilation and improving employment conditions of the population displaced to urban centers. In addition, in order to improve control plans desertification in rural areas, the authors propose the implementation of “ecological compensation” to the rural population and involve social partners in integrated approaches to ecosystem management. [Read More]