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Article: Recent protected-area designation in China: an evaluation of administrative and statutory procedures

TitleRecent protected-area designation in China: an evaluation of administrative and statutory procedures
Authors
KeywordsChina
Nature Conservation
Nature Reserves
Protected Areas
Shimentai Nature Reserve
Statutory Designation
Issue Date2004
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/GEOJ
Citation
The Geographical Journal, 2004, v. 170 n. 1, p. 39-50 How to Cite?
AbstractPast protected-area (PA) designation in China followed a centralized administrative approach with minimum participation of lower-echelon governments. A period of deregulation and decentralization in 1979-91 without the benefit of relevant legislation resulted in few designations and poor management. Responding to national and international encouragement to augment the conservation of natural resources, the central government enacted statutory procedures in 1991 to encourage and regulate PA establishments at different administrative levels of government. The study evaluates the effectiveness of the new procedures in fulfilling conservation objectives. The new legislative and administrative regime reinforces deregulation and decentralization by devolving designation power and shifting financial and management responsibilities to lower levels of government, and involving more scientists and objective site assessment in PA design and assessment. Problems have arisen in the designation process due to the omission of key biota and ecosystems, bypassing the scientific assessment stage, too much emphasis on non-conservation gains, ignoring the needs of local communities, escalating people-park conflicts, intensifying paper-park syndrome, and the conflicting role of experts. The recently designated Shimentai Provincial Rank Nature Reserve in a mountain area in south China served as a case study to illustrate the procedures and problems. © 2004 The Royal Geographical Society.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157865
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.206
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.880
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dc.contributor.authorXu, SSWen_US
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dc.description.abstractPast protected-area (PA) designation in China followed a centralized administrative approach with minimum participation of lower-echelon governments. A period of deregulation and decentralization in 1979-91 without the benefit of relevant legislation resulted in few designations and poor management. Responding to national and international encouragement to augment the conservation of natural resources, the central government enacted statutory procedures in 1991 to encourage and regulate PA establishments at different administrative levels of government. The study evaluates the effectiveness of the new procedures in fulfilling conservation objectives. The new legislative and administrative regime reinforces deregulation and decentralization by devolving designation power and shifting financial and management responsibilities to lower levels of government, and involving more scientists and objective site assessment in PA design and assessment. Problems have arisen in the designation process due to the omission of key biota and ecosystems, bypassing the scientific assessment stage, too much emphasis on non-conservation gains, ignoring the needs of local communities, escalating people-park conflicts, intensifying paper-park syndrome, and the conflicting role of experts. The recently designated Shimentai Provincial Rank Nature Reserve in a mountain area in south China served as a case study to illustrate the procedures and problems. © 2004 The Royal Geographical Society.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/GEOJen_US
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dc.rightsThe Geographical Journal. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.-
dc.subjectChinaen_US
dc.subjectNature Conservationen_US
dc.subjectNature Reservesen_US
dc.subjectProtected Areasen_US
dc.subjectShimentai Nature Reserveen_US
dc.subjectStatutory Designationen_US
dc.titleRecent protected-area designation in China: an evaluation of administrative and statutory proceduresen_US
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