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Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering

Front. Agr. Sci. Eng.    2016, Vol. 3 Issue (3) : 181-185
Transforming the Loess Plateau of China
Yuheng LI1,Guoming DU2,Yansui LIU1,3()
1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2. College of Resources and Environment, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin 150030, China
3. College of Resources Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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This paper aims to show the importance of land consolidation in transforming the Loess Plateau of China. The paper comprehensively analyzes how over recent decades the Grain for Green Project and Gully Land Consolidation Project jointly transformed the ecology and landscape of the Loess Plateau and the livelihood of its residents. The findings show that these two projects have achieved a balance between green protection, new land creation, and improved food security and livelihood of local people in the hilly areas of China. The paper points out that the successful transformation of the Plateau lies in a holistic approach incorporating various components of the human and natural systems. Finally, the paper highlights the necessity of retaining these two land consolidation projects as part of an ongoing policy in the mountain and hilly areas of China, changing agricultural management to suit the new relationship between humans and the land.

Keywords China      critical zone      land consolidation      Loess Plateau      sustainability     
Corresponding Authors: Yansui LIU   
Just Accepted Date: 19 August 2016   Online First Date: 08 September 2016    Issue Date: 21 September 2016
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Yuheng LI,Guoming DU,Yansui LIU. Transforming the Loess Plateau of China[J]. Front. Agr. Sci. Eng. , 2016, 3(3): 181-185.
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Fig.1  Land use in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province, China in 2000 (a) and 2013 (b)
Fig.2  New farmland created in a valley in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Fig.3  New construction land created in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Fig.4  The transformation of the Loess Plateau, China
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