China

CSIS director Jack Liu is on of several researchers examining China's effort to protect its environmental assets, which is featured in a New Scientist article. Liu notes that even though China suffers enormous environmental damage, it also is ahead of most other countries in recognizing -- and acting on -- the assault on its natural resources.

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April 25, 2012

Using nature’s beauty as a tourist draw can boost conservation in China’s valued panda preserves, but it isn’t an automatic ticket out of poverty for the human habitants, a unique long-term study shows.

The policy hitch: Often those who benefit most from nature-based tourism endeavors are people who already have resources. The truly impoverished have a harder time breaking into the tourism business.

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