Dryland Ecosystems in China: the Role of Law

Law, Policy and Dryland Ecosystems in the People’s Republic of China, IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 80, is now available in print and electronically. The publication was co-edited by Ian Hannam and Du Qun, respectively the Chair and former Co-Chair of the Sustainable Soils and Desertification Specialist Group of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL). The book also represents the fruits of a successful collaboration between environmental law specialists from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP).


This report summarizes the numerous activities and findings of a series of capacity-building activities conducted jointly by the PRC and the GEF from 2004-2009, established as the PRC-GEF Partnership to Combat Land Degradation in Dryland Ecosystems. The PRC-GEF Partnership focused on promoting an integrated ecosystem management (IEM) approach to restore and enhance the productive capacity of dryland ecosystems in western PRC. Strengthening of legal and policy frameworks for controlling LD represented an important pillar of the PRC-GEF Partnership, and this book attests to the many valuable lessons learned from this work.

The publication is available here. Information about receiving complimentary copies of the publication is available from the IUCN Environmental Law Centre at elcsecretariat@iucn.org

This volume adds to the series of Environmental Policy and Law Papers for which the IUCN Environmental Law Programme has become well known.

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Environmental Law
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