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Effect of land-use change on grassland ecosystem services in Inner Mongolia and their implications for livelihoods and sustainable management
Group: Wageningen University, Environmental Systems Analysis
Promotor: Prof.dr. R. Leemans
Co-promotors: Dr. R.S. de Grooot and prof. L. Zhen
Grassland degradation has become a major challenge in many parts of the world, especially in arid or semi-arid areas, such as the Chinese Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region (IMAR). Traditionally, natural grassland ecosystems supplied almost all of the fodder needed for livestock production in this region and supported the local herders’ livelihoods and their primarily nomadic lifestyle in many ways. Since the 1990s, more intensive human exploitation of ecosystem services increased pressures on the local ecosystems. Until now, the total area of degraded grasslands in IMAR is covering more than a quarter of the total useable grasslands. My PhD study analysed the interactions between the people and the ecosystems in IMAR in an integrated manner. The study especially focuses on analysing the different utilization patterns of ecosystem services and the livelihood dependence of local herders and other stakeholders in selected study sites of IMAR.
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