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What Ecosystem Services Flowing from Linpan System—A Cultural Landscape in Chengdu Plain, Southwest China

by 1, 2,* and 2,3
1
Built Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
2
CAS Key Laboratory of Mountain Ecological Restoration and Bioresource Utilization & Ecological Restoration and Biodiversity Conservation Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
3
Chengdu Branch, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(10), 4122; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104122
Received: 3 March 2020 / Revised: 14 May 2020 / Accepted: 16 May 2020 / Published: 18 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental and Social Sustainability in Rural Areas)
As an ecosystem complex integrated with functions of agricultural production, residence, and socio-cultural activity, linpan (wooded lot) has characterized socio-ecologically and culturally the rural landscape in Chengdu Plain. Although functioning for centuries without disruption and supporting continuously the regional prosperity, it is currently under big threats due to rapid urbanization and a growing population. The overall goal of this paper is to improve our understanding of the linpan system and its services. Within the framework of four categories of ecosystem services, including provisioning, regulating, cultural and supporting services, the deliverables by linpan were elaborated respectively based on document review and field survey. It was addressed that as a localized cultural landscape, linpan has and will continue to provide various services to rural as well as urban people. These services including material and non-material values were highly recognized by local people, but the perceived importance of services were changeable with the socio-economic development, market fluctuation, and people’s awareness rise. Regarding the preservation of the linpan system as an important agricultural heritage system, cultural services should not be neglected within a landscape management framework. Finally, this study called for attention to the dynamics of the linpan system which required an adaptive approach for assessing and managing ecosystem services. View Full-Text
Keywords: Linpan; Chengdu Plain; ecosystem services; cultural landscape; important agricultural heritage system Linpan; Chengdu Plain; ecosystem services; cultural landscape; important agricultural heritage system
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Wu, S.; Wu, N.; Zhong, B. What Ecosystem Services Flowing from Linpan System—A Cultural Landscape in Chengdu Plain, Southwest China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4122. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104122

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Wu S, Wu N, Zhong B. What Ecosystem Services Flowing from Linpan System—A Cultural Landscape in Chengdu Plain, Southwest China. Sustainability. 2020; 12(10):4122. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104122

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Wu, Shuang; Wu, Ning; Zhong, Bo. 2020. "What Ecosystem Services Flowing from Linpan System—A Cultural Landscape in Chengdu Plain, Southwest China" Sustainability 12, no. 10: 4122. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104122

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