If you cut down all the trees, you have only bark to eat; if you destroy the forest, you destroy your road to future – Dai Folksong from Yunnan Province, China (Verschuuren, Wild, McNeely, & Oviedo, 2010)
Although deforestation is widespread throughout China, removal of natural forests in Xishaungbanna in order to plant rubber plantations is having a dramatic effect on both the people and the environment. Learn more about this case, the environmental and social effects, and activist responses here.
Xishuangbanna has been listed as a biodiverse hotspot, with over 5,000 species and often noted as being the most biologically diverse area in China, and perhaps in all of Asia (Li et al., 2012, p. 838)
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