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Environmental Analysis & Ecology Studies

Prospects of Grassland Carbon Sink in Inner Mongolia, China

  • Open or Close I Shin CHANG1*, Ji ZHAO1, Wenhong MA1, Lixin WANG1, Jing WU2, Yanxia YANG1

    1School of Ecology and Environment, Inner Mongolia University, China

    2College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, China

    *Corresponding author: I Shin CHANG, College of E School of Ecology and Environment, Inner Mongolia University 235, University W Road, Saihan District, Inner Mongolia 010021, Huhhot, China, Tel: 86 471 4991436; Email:

Submission: May 09, 2018; Published: August 28, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/EAES.2018.03.000580

ISSN: 2578-0336
Volume4 Issue1


Grassland is one important terrestrial ecosystem to play the essential role in global carbon cycle. With vast grassland, Inner Mongolia is one important base of animal husbandry in China. Due to irrational and immoderate cultivation and overgrazing, grassland degradation has become a severe issue for grassland ecosystem protection, as well as sharp decreasing of grassland carbon pool. However, through effective and efficient management practices, grassland ecosystem can be improved, degraded grassland can be restored, grassland carbon pool can be reinstated, and economic values of grassland carbon sink can be promoted. In this study, first, the situation of grassland degradation in Inner Mongolia was analyzed and carbon sink potential of degraded grassland was evaluated. Second, in order to choose the most suitable grassland management practices for different vegetation types, three representative sites, Siziwangqi (desert steppe), Maodeng Pasture Farm (typical steppe) and Etuokeqianqi (degraded grassland restoration), were selected to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of various grassland management practices. Finally, some suggestions for grassland management and carbon pool enhancement were proposed, accordingly.

Keywords:Grassland carbon sink; Grassland degradation; Grassland carbon pool; Grassland management practice

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