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Farmers’ Awareness of Ecosystem Services and the Associated Policy Implications

School of Land Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, 29 Xueyuan Rd, Beijing 100083, China
Key Lab of Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation, Ministry of Land and Resources, 37 Guanying Rd, Beijing 100035, China
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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1612;
Received: 31 August 2017 / Revised: 31 August 2017 / Accepted: 7 September 2017 / Published: 13 September 2017
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This study analyzes the primary factors influencing farmers’ awareness of ecosystem services. This study, through questionnaires, conducts research on farmers’ awareness of and demand for ecosystem service functions. The research encapsulates 156 households from 21 groups of villagers in the Guangxi Karst Ecological Immigration District in China. The results of the factors influencing farmers’ awareness of ecosystem services, analyzed using a regression model, show that: (1) Farmers are concerned with ecosystem service functions that directly benefit them; however, they do not sufficiently understand the ecosystem’s ecological security maintenance or cultural landscape functions; (2) Farmers’ awareness of ecosystem service functions is not consistent with their corresponding demand, including the ecosystem’s leisure and entertainment, social security, disaster prevention and water purification services; (3) Education level, land area cultivated by the household, proportion of the household’s income from agriculture and immigration status directly affect farmers’ awareness of ecosystem services; (4) Farmers’ personal characteristics, family characteristics and subjective attitudes have different effects on the level of ecological service cognition. Understanding farmers’ awareness of ecosystem services, and the influencing factors can help policymakers and development managers plan local development and policies, and enable harmonious development of the human-earth system in immigration regions of China. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecological migration; ecosystem services; farmers’ cognition level; policy implications ecological migration; ecosystem services; farmers’ cognition level; policy implications

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Xun, F.; Hu, Y.; Lv, L.; Tong, J. Farmers’ Awareness of Ecosystem Services and the Associated Policy Implications. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1612.

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