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Journal of Integrative Agriculture  2023, Vol. 22 Issue (8): 2567-2576    DOI: 10.1016/j.jia.2023.07.001
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Does nature-based solution sustain grassland quality? Evidence from rotational grazing practice in China
LI Dong-qing1, ZHANG Ming-xue2, LÜ Xin-xin2, HOU Ling-ling2#

1 Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, P.R.China

2 China Center for Agricultural Policy, School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P.R.China

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Abstract  Rotational grazing is considered as one of the nature-based solutions (NbS) to grassland protection by natural scientists. However, its effects on improving grassland quality are still unclear when it is adopted by herders. Using a household-level panel data from field survey in two main pastoral provinces of China, empirical results from fixed-effect model and instrumental approach show that rotational grazing practices have insignificant short-term effects on grassland quality, but have positive long-term effects. In addition, rotational grazing practices can improve grassland quality when villages invest public infrastructure or herders have private supporting measures for more efficiency livestock production. Further analysis shows that herders adopting rotational grazing have higher grazing intensity, higher supplementary intensity and more livestock-house-feeding days, which indicate herders can utilize more efficient livestock management without increasing pressure on natural grassland. We also find that herders with pastoral income are more likely to adopt rotational grazing practice. These insightful findings offer policy implications on promoting grassroot NbS for ecosystem protection and resource utilization in developing pastoral countries.
Keywords:  grassroots nature-based solutions        rotational grazing, grassland quality        pastoral region        China  
Received: 01 November 2022   Accepted: 15 May 2023
Fund: This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (72173004 and 71773003) and the Major Consulting Project of Chinese Academy of Engineering (2022-HZ-09).
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LI Dong-qing, ZHANG Ming-xue, LÜ Xin-xin, HOU Ling-ling. 2023. Does nature-based solution sustain grassland quality? Evidence from rotational grazing practice in China. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 22(8): 2567-2576.

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