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Specialists from Switzerland and Australia Visited CAF’s Institute of Desertification Studies and Desert Forestry Experiment Center
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Dr. Hanspeter Liniger and Professor Victor Squires at the IDS
Dr. Hanspeter Liniger and Professor Victor Squires at the IDS

At CAF’s invitation, Dr. Hanspeter Liniger from The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern , Professor Victor Squires from The University of Adelaide, visited the Institute of Desertification Studies and Desert Forestry Experiment Center in May 2013.

Dr. Hanspeter Liniger made the field tour to Dengkou Station for Ecological and Environmental Monitoring, and at the sites of its rain enhancement experiment base, sand barriers for desert-crossing highway as well as the experiment forest farm. Dr. Liniger spoke to and discussed the subject of soil and water conservation farming measures with the technical people.

Dengkou Station for Ecological and Environmental Monitoring is located at Northeast part of Wulanbuhe Desert in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the representation of ecological zoning and the characteristics of ecological system types. Dengkou Station focuses the research on ecosystem of the desert oasis, monitoring the changes of water, soil, atmosphere and botany on the long term basis, studying the mechanism of formation and expansion of the northeast desert in Wulanbuhe as well as the succession process of vegetation degradation and rehabilitation in addition to the ecological responsive mechanism of artificial oasis.

Dr. Hanspeter Liniger is the chief scientist of The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern and the coordinator of WOCAT. He has concentrated his research in sustainable land management and the technical approaches in water and soil conservation. Professor Victor Squires of the University of Adelaide is the founder of College of Nature Resources, focusing research on ecology and sustainable arid land management. He has received China International science and technology cooperation awards and friendship award.

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Dr. Hanspeter Liniger visited SFA’s Dengkou Station for Ecological and Environmental Monitoring

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Dr. Hanspeter Liniger toured the site of rain enhancement experiment base

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