Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2015, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (4): 417-427.doi: 10.1007/s11442-015-1177-8

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Assessing the effectiveness of protecting reserves for nature assets in China

Dongying WEI1(), Zunlan LUO2,*(), Junsheng LI2, Wei WANG2, Mengmeng ZHANG1   

  1. 1. School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    2. Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
  • Received:2014-03-31 Accepted:2014-06-09 Online:2015-04-15 Published:2015-04-15
  • Contact: Zunlan LUO;
  • About author:

    Author: Wei Dongying (1976-), PhD, specialized in park management, geography education and environment interpretation.

  • Supported by:
    Public Projects of Environmental Protection, No.201209028;National Evaluation Standard of Environment Protection Program, No.2011-27;National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41401632


Evaluating the effectiveness of protecting nature assets is a vital component of responsive, pro-active management of protected areas. It is important to protect reserves of geological (including fossils) assets as a means to also protect national and natural heritage. At the end of 2013, 2669 protected areas had been established in China and 123 of them are reserves for nature assets. This paper builds an evaluation framework for protection effectiveness of these assets. The current elements and characteristics for effective protection are analyzed, along with an analysis of existing problems so as to construct a scientific approach to protect these assets. The influencing elements and characteristics for effective protection of nature asset reserves are included in an index evaluation system for effective protection in such areas, which contains four parts-target layer, evaluation criteria, evaluation indexes, and evaluation parameters-based on related documents and files. For the target layer, it includes nature asset evaluation and management evaluation. In the end, it is discussed how to build a comprehensive evaluation model and achieve an effective quantitative evaluation.

Key words: nature asset reserve, evaluation of protection effectiveness, geological assets, framework