Effects of industrial plantations on ecosystem services and livelihoods : Perspectives of rural communities in China

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dc.contributor.author D'Amato, D.
dc.contributor.author Rekola, M.
dc.contributor.author Wan, M.
dc.contributor.author Cai, D.
dc.contributor.author Toppinen, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-20T07:22:01Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-20T07:22:01Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04
dc.identifier.citation D'Amato , D , Rekola , M , Wan , M , Cai , D & Toppinen , A 2017 , ' Effects of industrial plantations on ecosystem services and livelihoods : Perspectives of rural communities in China ' , Land Use Policy , vol. 63 , pp. 266-278 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.01.044
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000401398600025
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-0910-1505/work/34286143
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/193014
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses the current research void on local community views of changes in ecosystem services associated with rapid land use transformation in the context of plantation-based forestry. This interview-based study, conducted in southern China, aims at assessing the perspectives of local communities of: 1) the effects of Eucalyptus industrial plantations on selected ecosystem services and on local development; and 2) opportunities for future community livelihood development, based on the relations with the government and with forest industry operating locally. We analysed data from semi-structured interviews with 70 villagers for their views on changes in ecosystem services after the establishment of plantations, and their future expectations on the local livelihood development. Most interviewees mentioned some negative development on environmental quality after the establishment of the industrial plantations, especially on soil and water. Furthermore, the reduced productivity of cropland surrounding industrial plantations, coupled with other financial drivers, induced several villagers to switch from agricultural crops to household plantations. In the absence of destructive typhoons, household plantations can provide owners more free time, higher income, while industrial plantations provided some employment opportunities. Interviewees' expectations for the future included receiving financial support and capacity building for household plantations and crops, support to local roads and schools, and higher employment opportunities. Some interviewees suggested that solutions should be implemented for improving degraded water quality, while others suggested reducing forestry operations. Even though being highly context-specific, our findings open up the discussion about the further community development opportunities in the context of plantation forestry. In particular, the potential of value sharing mechanisms between the private sector and the local communities should be further studied. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Land Use Policy
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 4112 Forestry
dc.subject 511 Economics
dc.subject China
dc.subject Community livelihoods
dc.subject Ecosystem services
dc.subject Eucalyptus
dc.subject Plantations
dc.subject FOREST
dc.subject EUCALYPTUS
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE
dc.subject PERCEPTIONS
dc.title Effects of industrial plantations on ecosystem services and livelihoods : Perspectives of rural communities in China en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Forest Sciences
dc.contributor.organization Mika Olavi Rekola / Principal Investigator
dc.contributor.organization Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability
dc.contributor.organization Forest Economics, Business and Society
dc.contributor.organization Teachers' Academy
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.01.044
dc.relation.issn 0264-8377
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.relation.funder Academy of Finland

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