13 May '11, 4am

Exceptional' reforestation program in China preventing future disasters

'Exceptional' reforestation program in China preventing future disasters Jeremy Hance mongabay.com May 13, 2011 China's response to large-scale erosion with reforestation is paying off according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). The 10-year program, known as Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP), is working to turn some 37 million acres back into forest or grasslands after farming on steep slopes in the Yangtze and Yellow River basins had made them perilously susceptible to erosion and flooding. "It's a tremendously innovative program designed to address two critical problems – securing the environment and providing economic opportunities for people in rural, desperately poor areas," said co-author Gretchen Daily, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and co-director of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford, in...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0512-hance_china_slcp.html

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