Where the rubber meets the garden

Qiu, Jane
January 2009
Nature;1/15/2009, Vol. 457 Issue 7227, p246
Academic Journal
The article discusses how the stripping of rain forest and natural flora for rubber plantations is posing a threat to conservation efforts in China. As rubber prices have tripled, these plantations have boomed in the province of Xishuangbanna, where they cover approximately 400,000 hectares. The economic benefits of the rubber trade are evident in the province's capital city of Jinghong. Numerous conservation problems are associated with this, as rubber trees are invasive plants that require copious amounts of water, a process that reduces evaporation. Hasan Moinuddin of the Asian development Bank provides quotes.


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