Dr Guangyu Wang
Dr Guangyu Wang
Dr. Guangyu Wang’s research interests include sustainable forest management and integrated watershed management, specifically using computer modelling applications. He has completed several research projects on watershed-scale forest restoration and sustainable development projects, wherein he used system dynamic approaches, bioregional assessments and geographic information systems techniques to analyze the mechanisms of ecosystem degradation and model broad land use management. One of his major research focuses involves examining Chinese forest management practices, where he has been able to develop novel management plans and sustainable management models for Chinese forests. Furthermore, Dr. Wang is currently involved in serval researches related to climate change, forest adaptation and carbon market mechanism.
As a previous business professional, Dr. Wang is also interested in the strategic planning and financial management of natural resources, in addition to the public perception and implementation efficiency of land use change policies.
More detailed information of my research, students and associate please see the links below:
Climate change is one of the most important threats to the capacity of forest landscapes to provide ecological, economic and social services in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, the potential of forests to mitigate climate change represents a major opportunity for the forest sector, as forest ecosystems can either serve as a carbon sink or carbon source depending on their level of health and their resilience to climate change. There is remarkably little evidence that science-based decision-making processes are being incorporated into forest management practices in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, considerable uncertainty exists over management policies aimed at enabling forests and forest-dependent communities to adapt to climate change. The goal of this project is to address this uncertainty and help forest managers and policy makers to develop effective management strategies to maintain resilient forest ecosystems for adaptation to climate change.
Phase 1 of the project was implemented from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2014. All research and associated activities have been completed and some have exceeded the original objectives, including the publishing or submission of 28 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals. Phase 2 of the project is currently in progress, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2018.
China, being the largest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world, has been working tirelessly to reduce emissions by taking direct action through the adaptation of policy and promoting energy conservation. Emissions trading has become an important part of policy to reach emission reduction goals in China. In October of 2011, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved pilot projects of emissions trading rights in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hubei, Guangdong, and Shenzhen provinces. In accordance with the U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change in October 2015, there are plans to launch a nationwide emissions trading system in 2017 in China. This system will cover steel, chemical, building materials, paper, electricity, non-ferrous metals, and other heavy metal industries in order to reach an emissions peak by 2030 (Wang, 2015).
In order for China to achieve their promised emissions peak by 2030, transition to low-carbon economic growth and green development is a necessity. Plans to launch a nationwide emissions trading system in 2017 will create the world’s largest emissions trading market. Understanding the existing foreign emissions trading markets and rules is necessary to establishing a Chinese carbon market. Forestry will be a main source of future carbon sinks while being important for domestic and international trading. The inclusion of forestry carbon sequestration, and the rules and market docking that apply, requires more research to be a part of the carbon market in order to establish a unified market in China.
Current Graduate Students
- Wang, G.Y. (2016, September 2). Grizzly Bears Institute: How will the barriers of higher education be broken down? Canada News (in Chinese). Retrieved from: http://oicwx.com/detail/1319860
- Wang, G.Y. (2014, November, 2). UBC Urban Forestry program. Canadian City Post (in Chinese). Retrieved from: http://www.ccue.ca/ccp_west/pdf/pdf/2014-11-28/cp0433-141.pdf
- Wang, G.Y. (2012, November, 16). Bridging the cooperation in forestry between Canada and China. The Fortune World (in Chinese). Retrieved from: http://www.myfortuneworld.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=9&id=188
- Wang, G.Y., Guangping Miao, and Jack Saddler. (2011, July, 27). Is investing in forestry in China an opportunity or risk? The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved from: http://search.proquest.com/docview/879848973?pq-origsite=summon&accountid=14656
- Wang, G.Y. (2011, April, 13). Bridging the cooperation in forestry between Canada and China. GCPNews (in Chinese). Retrieved from: http://oldgcp.gcpnews.com/articles/2011-04-13/C1065_64565.html
- Wang, G.Y. (2010, May, 4). Delegation from Chinese Forestry visited Vancouver to develop academic and business cooperation in forestry between Canada and China. Sing Tao Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved from: http://news.singtao.ca/vancouver/2010-05-04/community1272969190d2467744.html
- Wang, G.Y. (2008, January, 09). Chinese forest-management practices see dramatic change. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved from: http://forestpress.hu/en/index.php/news/1463-chinese-forest-management-practices-see-dramatic-change-vancouver-sun
- Wang, G.Y., and Neuvonen, Jorma. (2009, December, 25). Export logs to China will be a good way to explore Chinese wood market. Sing Tao Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved from: http://news.singtao.ca/vancouver/2009-12-25/province1261740041d2226229.html
- Wang G. Y. (2008, July, 30). Canada’s forestry industry is missing the boat on China. View Points. Retrieved from: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/viewpoints/story.html?id=94118b52-e5af-4463-891b-67d3df495774