Poverty in mountainous areas in rural China: issues and suggestions to encourage sustainable development

Han, Jin, Stoeckl, Natalie, and Zhou, Zhang-Yue (2006) Poverty in mountainous areas in rural China: issues and suggestions to encourage sustainable development. In: Proceedings of ACESA 2006 International Conference. From: Emerging China: Internal Challenges and Global Implications, 13-14 July 2006, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

Despite efforts by the Chinese government to reduce rural poverty in recent decades, the extent of poverty in many mountainous areas of rural China is still high. To survive, rural residents in these areas are often forced to over-exploit the already stretched natural resources; the end result being serious degradation of the natural environment. This lowers productivity and rural incomes, which exacerbates the problem. This paper discusses a variety of factors that contribute to this poverty cycle in China’s mountainous areas and explores counter measures that may help break the cycle while encouraging sustainable development.

Item ID: 4376
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: China; regional sustainable development; integrated regional management; poor mountainous areas; rural poverty
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2009 04:53
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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