Approaches to increasing desertification in Northern China

Patricia Blazey*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Desertification in Northern China, attributable to deforestation, urbanization, and drought, is causing increasingly severe sand and dust storms. About 30 percent of the land area of the People's Republic of China is affected, a factor that costs the Chinese government about Us$6.7 million a year. This article looks at the approaches taken by the Chinese government to reduce sandstorm activity and address the country's desertification. An assessment is made of both the costs of dealing with the problem and the government's approach to it during the global financial crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-101
Number of pages14
JournalChinese Economy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


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