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Securing a Future for China's Wild Plant Resources

Sang, WG; Ma, KP; Axmacher, JC; (2011) Securing a Future for China's Wild Plant Resources. BIOSCIENCE , 61 (9) 720 - 725. 10.1525/bio.2011.61.9.11. Green open access

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China harbors one of the most species-rich floras in the world. This plant diversity is currently severely threatened by high levels of habitat degradation and unsustainable resource extraction, the country's exceptionally fast economic growth, an uncontrolled increase in tourism, invasive species, and climate change. Furthermore, China's current system of protected areas is ineffective at conserving the country's plant resources, with low levels of enforcement and only a few small reserves located in both the most phytodiverse regions and in areas facing the highest anthropogenic pressure. Seven strategic steps are required in order to secure a future for China's wild plants, including surveys to establish current species distributions and threat levels, the creation of an effective protected-area system focused on quality rather than quantity, resettlement of parts of the scattered rural population, control of the illegal export trade and invasive species, and a streamlining of administrative responsibilities and capacity building in conservation.

Type: Article
Title: Securing a Future for China's Wild Plant Resources
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1525/bio.2011.61.9.11
Publisher version: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/bio.2011.61.9....
Language: English
Additional information: © 2011 University of California Press and American Institute of Biological Sciences
Keywords: Anthropogenic threats, overexploitation, priority conflict, protected-area management, BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION, URBANIZATION, DEGRADATION, INVASIONS, MIGRATION, FORESTRY
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1305281
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