Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2018, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (5): 516-525.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2018.05.009

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Assessing the Impact of the Sloping Land Conversion Program on Rural Household Income in the Upper Reaches of Minjiang River, China

HUANG Jiali1,*, ZHAO Hui2, LIU Yunwei3, YANG Jianying4   

  1. 1. Centre of Mountain Development, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China;
    2. Key Laboratory of Mountain Surface Processes and Ecological Regulation, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China;
    3. School of Agricultural Sciences of Xichang College, Xichang, Sichuan 615000, China;
    4. Research Institute of Philosophy & Culture, Sichuan Academy of Social Science, Chengdu 610072, China;
  • Received:2018-01-12 Revised:2018-05-16 Online:2018-09-30 Published:2018-09-30
  • Contact: * HUANG Jiali, E-mail: jialih@imde.ac.cn
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (41201603).

Abstract: One secondary target of the SLCP is poverty reduction. Therefore, the impact of the SLCP on household income is a subject of much research. This study was conducted to determine whether the SLCP has affected incomes of households at different income levels13 years after its implementation. Using survey data from 2012 on rural households’ livelihoods in the upper reaches of the Minjiang River in Sichuan Province and using the non-participating households as a reference, the current impact of the SLCP on household income is calculated with a multiple linear regression model and a quantile regression model. The socio-geographic features of participating and non-participating households are also be compared. The results show no significant differences between the SLCP participating and non-participating households in many socio-demographic characteristics. Participating in the SLCP had no significant impact on household income at all income levels in the study area in 2012. This finding suggests that the SLCP is not currently increasing household income significantly in the study area, and that the implementation plan of the SLCP should be changed in this area in order to achieve its poverty reduction goal.

Key words: household income, impact, poverty reduction, quantile regression, Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP), upper reaches of Minjiang River