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Experts' perceptions of the sloping land conversion program in the Loess Plateau, China
Qu, Mei1; Liu, Guangzhe2; Lin, Yin3; Driedger, Erika4; Peter, Zsuzsanna4; Xu, Xiaoqian2; Cao, Yang5,6
2017-12-01
Source PublicationLAND USE POLICY
ISSN0264-8377
Volume69Pages:204-210
Corresponding AuthorCao, Yang(yang.cao@nwsuaf.edu.cn)
AbstractChina's Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP) is the world's largest payment for ecosystem services program for improving ecological conditions and farmers' livelihood. Communicating the SLCP outcomes across diverse stakeholder groups in ecological, socio-economic, political and institutional contexts can facilitate the effective implementation of the new round of the SLCP. Experts from various fields involved in the SLCP have developed good connections with governments, agencies, and farmers; therefore they can play an invaluable role in informing urgent policy changes. This study is based upon 24 interviews with the SLCP experts with the aims of assessing their perceptions of ecological, economic, political and social impacts of the SLCP on the Loess Plateau of China, and then gathering their policy recommendations to ensure that the new round of the SLCP would be implemented efficiently. Content analysis based on the grounded theory is used in present study. Judging from expert-based consensual statements from this study's interviews, the main concerns about the first round of the SLCP on the Loess Plateau are that the dramatic increase in the farmer's income and livelihood is mainly from off-farm sources rather than the SLCP subsidy, that equitable government compensation is dependent on the outcome of the SLCP, that the aggressive SLCP causes soil drought which have negative effects on ecological restoration, and that the stakeholders' interaction could be improved. Based on the analyses of the experts' interviews, the recommendations are summarised as follows: strengthening the farmers' environmental awareness and vocational skills, establishing multi-source financial supports and flexible compensation mechanisms, establishing participatory planning that requires stakeholder involvement especially farmers and insisting that scientific studies on the ecological restoration of the Loess Plateau must be shared with local governments and farmers.
KeywordContent analysis Participatory planning Compensation mechanisms Ecological restoration
DOI10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.09.021
WOS KeywordECOSYSTEM SERVICES ; HOUSEHOLD INCOME ; YUNNAN PROVINCE ; PERSPECTIVES ; IMPACTS ; PAYMENT ; IMPLEMENTATION ; CONSERVATION ; DIVERSITY ; KNOWLEDGE
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[71303186] ; Fund for Excellent Young Scholars of Northwest A F University[Z109021505]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Fund for Excellent Young Scholars of Northwest A F University
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000414881200021
PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/61012
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorCao, Yang
Affiliation1.Northwest A&F Univ, Ctr Nat Resource & Environm Econ & Management, Coll Econ & Management, Yangling 712100, Peoples R China
2.Northwest A&F Univ, Coll Forestry, Yangling 712100, Peoples R China
3.Auburn Univ, Sch Forestry & Wildlife Sci, Auburn, AL 36848 USA
4.Univ Eastern Finland, Sch Forest Sci, Joensuu 80101, Finland
5.Northwest A&F Univ, State Key Lab Soil Eros & Dryland Farming Loess P, Yangling 712100, Peoples R China
6.Chinese Acad Sci & Minist Water Resources, Inst Soil & Water Conservat, Yangling 712100, Peoples R China
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Qu, Mei,Liu, Guangzhe,Lin, Yin,et al. Experts' perceptions of the sloping land conversion program in the Loess Plateau, China[J]. LAND USE POLICY,2017,69:204-210.
APA Qu, Mei.,Liu, Guangzhe.,Lin, Yin.,Driedger, Erika.,Peter, Zsuzsanna.,...&Cao, Yang.(2017).Experts' perceptions of the sloping land conversion program in the Loess Plateau, China.LAND USE POLICY,69,204-210.
MLA Qu, Mei,et al."Experts' perceptions of the sloping land conversion program in the Loess Plateau, China".LAND USE POLICY 69(2017):204-210.
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