This paper is based on a case study in the Beipan River basin, which aims to assess the success of environmental initiatives in southwest China under the national Western Development Strategy. The research uses data searching, interviews and in situ observation. The results of erosion, Karst stony-desertification, reforestation and the water quality of the Beipan River reveal that the ecosystems in the basin were improved during 2000–2012. Geology, topography, hydrology, climate and human impacts will remain major challenges to the future ecological conservation and environmental protection. Future environmental development in the basin and southwest China will demand a long-term, holistic approach to overcome both natural and human impacts.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Computers in Earth Sciences
- Southwest China