Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2005, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (3): 360-366.doi: 10.1360/gs050310

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Eco-water conveyances applied to control desertification at the lower reaches of the Tarim River

YE Mao, XU Hailiang, SONG Yudong   

  1. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi 830011, China
  • Received:2005-02-18 Revised:2005-05-10 Online:2005-09-25 Published:2005-09-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.30470329; National Basic Research Program of China, No.G1999043506


The lower reaches of the Tarim River are one of the areas suffering from most severe sandy desertification in Xinjiang, Northwest China. Irrational utilization of water and land resources results in eco-environmental deterioration in the Tarim River. In May 2000, the local government carried out the water conveyances project in the Tarim River. The influence of water conveyance on desertification reversion is analyzed and discussed according to the monitoring data in the past three years. Based on monitored data of the nine observed sections, along the channel of conveyance, the intensity and scope of desertification reversion in the upper reaches are larger than those in the lower reaches. Dynamic changes of desertification reversion are more obvious from the channel of conveyance to its two sides. However, the range of influence and intensity of desertification reversion is limited at present. It is suggested that the way and range of water conveyances should be adjusted in the future.

Key words: eco-water conveyances project (EWCP), the Tarim River, desertification reversion, influence