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Perception and Prioritization of Ecosystem Services from Bamboo Forest in Lao PDR: Case Study of Sangthong District

Department of Environment and Forest Resources, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea
Academic Editor: Kamaljit Kaur Sangha
Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13060; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313060
Received: 17 September 2021 / Revised: 5 November 2021 / Accepted: 24 November 2021 / Published: 25 November 2021
Bamboo is a widely used natural resource, yet it cannot be managed sustainably without considering its social and environmental potentials. This study compared and evaluated the difference in demands and values of two stakeholder groups (local community and forestry experts) toward various ecosystem services for local bamboo forests and suggested interventions for decision-makers in Laos. This study selected six provisioning, five regulating, two cultural, and two habitat services and evaluated each group for its public perception of and priorities for bamboo forests using a 4-point Likert scale and 100 preference points. Both groups showed higher perceptions and priorities for provisioning and cultural services, which are helpful for sustaining livelihoods. The perceptions and priorities of the community group concerning regulating services (e.g., natural hazard regulation, water purification, and fresh air regulation) to improve crop production were higher than those of the expert group, but regarding the carbon sequestration, the expert group scored higher. Carbon sequestration, a public good provided on a large scale, could be perceived when there is a high level of understanding and interest in bamboo forests through environmental education. In habitat services, there was no significant difference between the groups. Experts should actively consider these differences in demands and public perception when making decisions about bamboo management to promote services that villagers have difficulty perceiving and draw intervention points accordingly in national policies for bamboo resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: bamboo forest; ecosystem service; Laos; community; public perception; prioritization bamboo forest; ecosystem service; Laos; community; public perception; prioritization
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Lee, B. Perception and Prioritization of Ecosystem Services from Bamboo Forest in Lao PDR: Case Study of Sangthong District. Sustainability 2021, 13, 13060. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313060

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Lee, Bohwi. 2021. "Perception and Prioritization of Ecosystem Services from Bamboo Forest in Lao PDR: Case Study of Sangthong District" Sustainability 13, no. 23: 13060. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313060

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