China’s Combating Desertification: National Solutions and Global Paradigm

LU Qi1,2 LEI Jiaqiang3 LI Xiaosong4 YANG Youlin1,3 WANG Feng1

(1.Institute of Desertification Studies, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China 100091)
(2.Experimental Center of Desert Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Bayannur, China 015200)
(3.Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China 830011)
(4.Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 100094)

【Abstract】Desertification, since initial recognition in 1927 and common definition in 1992, through its vicissitudes, is still one of the serious global environmental issues facing the world and exists as the bottleneck of development. Desertification threatens terrestrial ecological security and limits the sustainability of socio-economic development. In consideration of the impacts of desertification, an “Earth Cancer” and a persistent disease, the authors contribute four prescriptions of “good medicines” for the global initiatives to combat desertification, on the basic framework of Chinese strategies and experiences of “four horizontal beams and eight pillars,” in line with the 15.3 goal of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); namely, development of Protocol of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and unification of Weights and Measures (benchmarks and indicators) of the implementation and compliance of the UNCCD; setting up of global observation network to monitor the area change of dryland change; compilation of global natural desert (heritage) directory to leave behind landscape of aboriginal sand sea for future generations; initiation of “global governance action to combat desertification” to strive for achieving the target of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) at 2030.

【Keywords】 prevention and control of sands; combating desertification; China’s programme; global governance; future strategy;


【Funds】 Strategic Priority Research Programme of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Class A) (XDA20030000) Project of Field Station Alliance of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KFJ-SW-YW037-02) Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Public Welfare Research Institutes (CAFYBB2019ZD002) Forestry Science and Technology Research Project of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (2019132701)

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Vol 35, No. 06, Pages 656-664

June 2020


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  • 1 Favorable momentum through ups and downs
  • 2 Comprehensive governance and outstanding schemes
  • 3 Strategy upgrading for the future
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