Set checkerboard or sand barriers to fix quicksand with crop straws, weeds and shrubs on shifting sand dunes, and planted trees and grassed in the checkerboard.


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For the farmlands with severe wind harms, shelterbelts shall be established along the canals and roads to protect them.
Located in the hinterland of the Eurasian continent, at the southern edge of the Tarim Basin (Taklamakan Desert), Xinjiang Hotan County has extreme arid climate of the warm temperate zone, with wind erosion, desertification and secondary salinization of land, which leads to low land productivity.


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One of best practices of compound management of agriculture and forestry: Led by the government and supported by national project funds, with the participation of the whole society, the farmland shelterbelt featuring "narrow shelter and small checkerboard” shall be established to realize the oasis shelterbelts.


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One of the best practices of shifting sands fixation: under the unified organization of the local government departments, farmers and herdsmen who carry out desertification control would receive subsidies.


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Land desertification and sandification is one of the world's most serious ecological problems, and will lead to decline of land productivity, deterioration of the ecological environment, intensify poverty and ecological disaster, and thus seriously restrict the regional economic and social sustainable development.

China is one of the countries with the world's most serious land desertification and sandification, and also obtains the most significant achievements of desert prevention and transformation. Especially since the beginning of the 21st century, China has realized a series of major breakthroughs in desertification: it has issued the world's first law on desert prevention, carried out desert prevention and control of the government responsibility system with Chinese characteristics, planned and controlled desertification districted land in an overall manner, started up large projects to promote integrated control, continuously made innovation and promotion of practical technologies and modes, built multi input mechanism giving priority to the central financial investment with the support of local and social participation, carried out dynamic monitoring and evaluation of land desertification and sandification, established sandstorm disaster emergency disposal system, and implemented a wide range of international exchanges and cooperation on sand prevention and control.

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