Hubbard Decision Research conducted an analysis on behalf of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to determine the impact of restoring an overgrazed area of Inner Mongolia known as the Kubuqi Desert. Once a green pastureland, this area along the Yellow river was overgrazed and became a desert.  Over the last 30 years a Chinese corporation, Elion, has been working to restore this to a productive agricultural area with thriving communities.

HDR constructed a model consisting of several including reduction in agricultural output, the impact on the water table, reduction in dust storms and economic impact on communities.  The report made specific recommendations about what measurements to monitor and how to modify the ongoing restoration program based on these findings.