Large-scale management of common reed, Phragmites australis, for paper production: A case study from the Liaohe Delta, China

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  • Hans Brix
  • Siyuan Ye, Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Biogeosciences, China Geological Survey, Key Laboratory of Marine Hydrocarbon Resources and Environmental Geology,MLR, Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, CGS, Ministry of Land and Resources, Qingdao 266071, Danmark
  • Edward A. Laws, Louisiana State University, School of the Coast and Environment, Department of Environmental Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803-4110, USA, USA
  • Dechao Sun, Kina
  • Guosheng Li, Kina
  • Xigui Ding, Kina
  • Hongmin Yuan, Kina
  • Guangming Zhao, Kina
  • Jin Wang, Kina
  • Shaofeng Pei, Kina
The largest Phragmites reed field in the world, with a historical area of approximately 1000 km2, is located in the Liaohe Delta in northeastern China. The Phragmites wetlands are extensively managed to maximize the production of reed biomass for the paper industry. Based on satellite remote sensing we estimated that the total area of the Phragmites wetlands has decreased from 857 km2 in 2003 to 786 km2 in 2009 to accommodate oil field infrastructure and societal developments. However, at the same time the production of Phragmites biomass used for the production of reed pulp has increased to 400,000 metric tons per year. This paper describes the great efforts that have been made to increase the Phragmites yields for the paper industry, including (1) diversion of freshwater from rivers to the Phragmites fields, (2) management of the water table, (3) harvesting and burning for pest control, and (4) seawater irrigation to rehabilitate Phragmites fields infested with weeds. The paper industry has facilitated the conservation of the Phragmites wetlands and their associated ecosystem services. Besides being a source for fiber, the wetlands provide important habitat for wildlife, sequester carbon, and create job opportunities and economic income for the local people.
TidsskriftEcological Engineering
Sider (fra-til)760-769
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2014
BegivenhedReed as a renewable resource: International conference on the utilization of emergent wetland plants - Greifswald, Tyskland
Varighed: 14 feb. 201316 feb. 2013


KonferenceReed as a renewable resource

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