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Local impacts and responses to regional forest conservation and rehabilitation programs in Chinas northwest Yunnan province

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Weyerhaeuser, H., Wilkes, A., & Kahrl, F. 2005. "Local impacts and responses to regional forest conservation and rehabilitation programs in China’s northwest Yunnan province" Agricultural Systems, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 234-253.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author:


  • World Agroforestry Centre, Floor 3, Building A, Zhonghuandasha, Yanjiadi 650034, Kunming, Yunnan Province, PR China
  • Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge, Floor 3, Building A, Honghuandasha, Yanjiadi 650034, Kunming, Yunnan Province, PR China


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Available free of cost from world agroforestry center

Species Info

  • Pyrus pyrifolia
  • Pinus yunnanensis
  • Pinus armandii


  • This article reviews large scale government reforestation activities in the Yunnan province of China.
  • Agricultural development in the past half century in the Salween and Mekong watersheds in northwest Yunnan has resulted in severe erosion. The government has recently banned logging and instituted large scale reforestation programs at the same time.
  • Reforestation is done with Pyrus pyrifolia, Pinus yunnanensis and Pinus armandii
  • After interviewing farmers and forestry staff, the authors find that the local forestry staff may not have the capacity to adequately meet the needs of the farmers and the reforestation project as a whole. There is not enough diversity of planted trees to make it economically worthwhile for farmers- local timber prices are low.
  • Agencies may not have the funds (and capacity) to implement and monitor the reforestation because they derive part of their income from timber sales (and now that is no longer).   
  • The government reforestation targets are only set as a percent forest cover (and not specific areas), and because farmers can choose which areas to reforest, they may not meet the goals of soil erosion prevention. Low diversity of planted tree species may also contribute to the low ecological value of the reforestation.

Geographical Region

  • Other-China
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Country

  • China
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