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Community Participation and Preferences Regarding Conservation and Development Policies in China’s Giant Panda Nature Reserves

by Ben Ma and Yali Wen *
School of Economics and Management, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(18), 4852; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11184852
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 30 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 September 2019 / Published: 5 September 2019
Community participation in conservation activities is an important mechanism to coordinate the conflicts between conservation and local development. Hence, it is necessary to understand farmers’ preferences for different conservation and development policies. By surveying households residing inside and outside the four giant panda nature reserves in the Qinling Mountains, China, in 2018, this study uses a choice experiment model to evaluate participation willingness and stated preferences regarding the establishment of national parks (NPs), ecotourism development, ecological public welfare forest compensation, and provision of ecological jobs. Our results suggest that these conservation and development policies all have a positive impact on community participation in conservation. Among the different conservation and development policies, farmers seem to prefer the government developing ecotourism most, followed by providing ecological jobs, establishing NPs, and finally the compensation amount and period of ecological public welfare forests. Moreover, farmers with different characteristics have different preferences regarding conservation and development policies. Age, education level, whether the respondent is a village cadre, family forestland area, family income, and whether the respondent lives in a nature reserve are relevant socio-economic characteristics of the affected farmers. View Full-Text
Keywords: choice model; compensation; ecotourism; farmers’ preference; Giant Panda National Park choice model; compensation; ecotourism; farmers’ preference; Giant Panda National Park
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Ma, B.; Wen, Y. Community Participation and Preferences Regarding Conservation and Development Policies in China’s Giant Panda Nature Reserves. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4852.

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