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Sustainability 2016, 8(11), 1113;

Farmers’ Perception of the Decade-Long Grazing Ban Policy in Northern China: A Case Study of Yanchi County

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Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 16 May 2016 / Revised: 19 October 2016 / Accepted: 25 October 2016 / Published: 30 October 2016
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This study analyzes farmers’ perception of grazing restriction policies, grassland environment and ecological management following the implementation of environmental protection policies in northern China. Understanding farmers’ attitudes and their causes will hopefully aid in the creation and execution of future policies. One hundred and thirty-five households were surveyed at three occasions over the course of a decade to explore the causes and processes of farmers’ perception. Farmers’ ecological awareness tends to be short term. In areas with a degraded environment, farmers were eager to implement policies to improve the environment and recognized the positive impact of the grazing ban policy (GBP). However, as conditions improved, farmers’ recognition and acceptance of the GBP became negative. Although farmers recognized the benefits of the GBP, they showed little awareness of the long-term process of environmental governance. As can be seen from the farmers’ ecological awareness and their attitudes toward the GBP, they are more inclined to value short-term economic interest than ecological protection. We suggest that good environmental protection policy must take into account the ecological and economic interests of farmers. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception; attitudes; awareness; grazing ban policy; Yanchi County perception; attitudes; awareness; grazing ban policy; Yanchi County

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Chen, Y.; Zhou, L. Farmers’ Perception of the Decade-Long Grazing Ban Policy in Northern China: A Case Study of Yanchi County. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1113.

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