Roles of scholars in the practice of combating-desertification: A case study in Northwest China

Lihua Yang, Gerald Lan, Jianguo Wu

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This study investigated the perceived importance of scholars' participation in combating-desertification programs in northwest China and analyzed the underlying factors and mechanisms. Our results show that, while various experts, professors, and researchers have participated in combating-desertification programs, their actions were often not effective. Only those scholars who understood the local situations adequately had important and positive impacts. These scholars served as information brokers between the governments and other stakeholders, entrepreneurial activity organizers for farmers, governmental representatives, or advocators for local affairs themselves. They played indispensible roles in facilitating efforts in combating desertification. The study also identified key factors that led to the success of scholars' participation in combating-desertification activities. Our findings have practical implications for improving the effectiveness of scholars' participation in land restoration and environmental management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-166
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010



  • Combating desertification
  • Environmental management
  • Land amelioration
  • Mechanisms of scholars' participation
  • Scholars' participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Pollution

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