Desertification and Its Prevention Along the Route of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Pengfei Li, Yuzhe Zang, Faith Ka Shun Chan, Juanle Wang

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A large proportion of the ‘Belt’ regions in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), such as North-western China, Western Asia, are considered drylands and are subject to different levels of desertification. The BRI has improved the international cooperation and economic development within these regions. However, there is a risk that desertification will increase in the same areas if the BRI solely focuses on rapid economic development. This chapter provides a systematic review of the desertification status and conservation measures in the BRI countries that are important for developing a spatially targeted and sustainable land management strategy under the BRI across these regions. Solutions are proposed to address and mitigate desertification processes based on an analysis of the desertification issues and existing solutions of the BRI countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
ISSN (Print)2662-7922
ISSN (Electronic)2662-7930


  • BRI
  • Conservation measures
  • Desertification
  • Desertification assessment
  • Drylands
  • Economic development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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