Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2018, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (4): 407-415.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2018.04.008

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Factors Affecting the Willingness of Farmers to Accept Eco-compensation in the Qianxi Chestnut Agroforestry System, Hebei

WANG Jiaran1,2, LIU Moucheng1,*, YANG Lun1,2, MIN Qingwen1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2017-12-15 Revised:2018-03-20 Online:2018-07-30 Published:2018-07-24
  • Contact: *LIU Moucheng, E-mail: liumc@igsnrr.ac.cn
  • Supported by:
    China National key R & D plan (2017YFC0506402); National Natural Science Foundation of China (41201586); Special Research Institute Project of Chinse Academy of Sciences (TSYJS05); International Exchange and Co-operation Project of MARA “Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in China in 2018.

Abstract: Ecological compensation plays an important role in promoting ecological protection. Identifying factors affecting the willingness of farmers to accept eco-compensation has become a focus of ecological economics. The Qianxi traditional chestnut agricultural heritage system is a typical agroforestry system in China and adapts the local environment well. However, local farmers concentrate on chestnut monocultures, driven by short-term profits. The local ecological environment is very fragile. We surveyed 100 local rural households. Based on face-to-face interviews and questionnaires and model assessment, we analyzed factors affecting the willingness of farmers to accept eco-compensation in the Qianxi chestnut agroforestry system of Hebei. We found that many factors influence farmer willingness to accept, including education level, household income, environmental awareness, environmental protection practices and knowledge of ecological compensation. This research provides helps clarify the mechanism of farmer participation in eco-compensation and provides a basis for further development of compensation standards that benefit the local environment.

Key words: agroforestry system, ecological compensation, Qianxi, willingness to accept