Bejing-based filmmaker John Liu devotes himself to documenting the world’s ability to restore lands degraded by poverty and mismanagement.
Global climate change is exacerbating desertification and water shortages around the world, and the problem is getting worse. Poor land management magnifies these effects.
John Liu completed a film, Lessons of the Loess Plateau, about a successful project rehabilitating the ecosystem in a section of northwest China the size of France. Liu: ‘What interests me is seeing whether the lessons of successful projects to alleviate poverty and rehabilitate ecosystems can be adapted and spread to parts of the world where the people are so poor that they are destroying their own future.’
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