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Do roads lead to grassland degradation or restoration? A case study in Inner Mongolia, China

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  • Deng, Xiangzheng
  • Huang, Jikun
  • Huang, Qiuqiong
  • Rozelle, Scott
  • Gibson, John

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We use satellite remote sensing data of grassland cover in Inner Mongolia, China to test whether the existence of and the size of roads in 1995 is associated with the nature of the grassland in 2000 and/or if it affects the rate of change of the grassland between 1995 and 2000. The regression results show that the impact of roads on grassland cover depends on the nature of the resource. When the grassland is composed of relatively high quality grassland, roads lead to degradation, whereas when grassland resources are sparse, access to a road results in the restoration of the resource.

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  • Deng, Xiangzheng & Huang, Jikun & Huang, Qiuqiong & Rozelle, Scott & Gibson, John, 2011. "Do roads lead to grassland degradation or restoration? A case study in Inner Mongolia, China," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 16(6), pages 751-773, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:16:y:2011:i:06:p:751-773_00
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    1. Liu, Min & Dries, Liesbeth & Heijman, Wim & Zhu, Xueqin & Deng, Xiangzheng & Huang, Jikun, 2019. "Land tenure reform and grassland degradation in Inner Mongolia, China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 181-198.
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    4. Yuwei Wang & Zhenyu Wang & Ruren Li & Xiaoliang Meng & Xingjun Ju & Yuguo Zhao & Zongyao Sha, 2018. "Comparison of Modeling Grassland Degradation with and without Considering Localized Spatial Associations in Vegetation Changing Patterns," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(2), pages 1-15, January.
    5. Hu, Yuanning & Huang, Jikun & Hou, Lingling, 2019. "Impacts of the Grassland Ecological Compensation Policy on Household Livestock Production in China: An Empirical Study in Inner Mongolia," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 161(C), pages 248-256.
    6. Xiangzheng Deng & Chunhong Zhao & Yingzhi Lin & Tao Zhang & Yi Qu & Fan Zhang & Zhan Wang & Feng Wu, 2014. "Downscaling the Impacts of Large-Scale LUCC on Surface Temperature along with IPCC RCPs: A Global Perspective," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(4), pages 1-20, April.

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