Ecopeace Asia preserving desertification of grassland in the China’s Inner Mongolia region

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COMBATING DESERTIFICATION

Combating Desertification Project is to fundamentally prevent cause of the increasingly serious yellow dust blowing from China to Korea, by preserving desertification of grassland  in the China’s Inner Mongolia region.

CHALLENGES & GOALS

PREVENTATION OF 10,000 TONS OF YELLOW DUST EVERY YEAR

China’s Inner Mongolia grassland region has shortages of annual precipitation(200~250mm/yr) for spontaneous growh of tree. Therefore, Ecopeace Asia has selected ‘Suaeda glauca (Bunge)’, the local wild plants to make it cover the desertificated land to prevent desertification and yellow dust, as it is able to hold 2.65g of air elutoriator by only its area of 1㎠. Also it does not require water a lot making maintenance work easier.

 

 

GRASS LAND RESTORATION OF 6612 HA

The Korea’s yellow dust problems and desertification phenomenon are deeply connected. To solve the problem, we have restored 6612 ha of grass land in China Since 2003.

Our efforts has realized in receiving ‘SEE·TNC Green Leader Award’, which is most prestigious ecology awards ceremony in China, for the first time for foreign NGOs . The Korean environmental NGO’s hearty activities can bring exemplary project model for nature conservation to China governments

 

ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION OF THE NATURE, BY THE NATURE, FOR THE NATURE

The most important thing in our ecological restoration project is finding and using proper method for local ecosystem. For this goal, we utilize the resilience of Suaeda glauca Bunge, which is local grass land plants in Inner Mongolia (China).  Suaeda glauca Bunge has great effects on decreasing pH concentration, temperature and water evaporation of soil. In addition, we are developing other nature-using method for ecological restoration such as Chinese tamarisk.

 

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.