On June 24, the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of CAS and the Satellite Environment Center under the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection released a China National Ecosystem Assessment (CNEA) covering the period of 2000 to 2010.
The report gave a full presentation of the state and change trends of compositions, patterns, quality, services and ecological problems of China’s ecosystem and their driving forces, strategy and policies for ecosystem conservation and restoration. Integrating satellite monitoring and ground ecosystem survey technologies, CNEA was one of the world’s largest-scale ecosystem surveys and assessments.
The results and findings of CNEA have been applied in national and local conservation policy and regional development planning to promote sustainable development. The major findings of CNEA were published in Science on June 17.
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