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Record number 64844
Title China's Rangelands under Stress : A comparative study of pasture commons in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
Author(s) Ho, P.P.S.
Source Development and Change 31 (2000)2. - ISSN 0012-155X - p. 385 - 413.
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2000
Abstract China's economic reforms have exacerbated the problems of over-grazing and desertification in the country's pastoral areas. In order to deal with rangeland degradation, the Chinese government has resorted to nationalization, or semi-privatization. Since the implementation of rangeland policy has proved very difficult, however, experiments with alternative rangeland tenure systems merit our attention. In Ningxia, in northwest China, local attempts have been undertaken to establish communal range management systems with the village as the basic unit of use and control. Some of these management regimes are under severe stress, due to large-scale digging for medicinal herbs in the grasslands. This digging has resulted in serious conflicts between Han and Hui Muslim Chinese, during which several farmers have been killed. It is against this backdrop that this article explores the institutional dynamics of range management in two different villages.
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