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Large-Scale Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Poverty Reduction Programmes: Ex-Post Sustainability Assessment of a Chinese Case Study

Hiller, B and Cruickshank, HJ Large-Scale Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Poverty Reduction Programmes: Ex-Post Sustainability Assessment of a Chinese Case Study. In: 6th UNESCO Dubrovnik conference on sustainable development of energy, water, and environment systems (SDEWES), 2011-9-25 to 2011-9-29, Dubrovnik, Croatia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Environmental degradation and rural poverty entrenchment are often intimately interlinked and together comprise a major contemporary global challenge. Recent ‘area development programmes’ applying integrated watershed management approaches have purportedly achieved success in halting and reversing degradation across extensive areas, whilst also improving rural livelihoods. However, the evolving and modern nature of such large-scale participatory approaches means that whilst project sustainability may be postulated, there have been few comprehensive studies to assess enduring impacts beyond completion. This paper presents an ex-post sustainability assessment of a case-study project in the People’s Republic of China reviewed against (i) the project’s own completion report sustainability statements; and (ii) a synthesised sustainability framework developed from a review of contemporary literature. The project performed soundly against both frameworks. Temporal and spatial impacts were evident ex-post, enhanced by the project’s initiation (direct and indirect) of regional policies; however some process-related components were identified as potential leverage points for future improvement. Emerging from the assessment, five key areas for potential future project focus are discussed. Further research is being undertaken to better understand emerging principles which may be applicable to other regions facing similar challenges

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:36
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