Coupled Human and Natural Systems

Global hidden spillover effects among concurrent green initiatives

This study investigates the hidden linkages among concurrent payments for ecosystem services programs. Major findings & conclusions: Multiple conservation programs are often implemented in same area(s) or involved same recipients.

Agent-based modeling of the effects of conservation policies on social-ecological feedbacks between cropland abandonment and labor migration

Model Development ABM-CALM: Agent-Based Model for Cropland Abandonment and Labor Migration Overview of ABM-CALM. This paper presents reserach on the development and application of ABM-CALM that simulates bidirectional social-ecological feedbacks.

Understanding the mediating role of labor out-migration in household income generation and distribution under a reforestation policy in rural China

Reforestation Policy & Rural Livelihoods Income inequality is a critical issue of socio-economic development, particularly in rural areas where forest-dependent people are often vulnerable to the intervention of forest policies. This study investigates income distribution and inequality of rural households influenced by China’s largest reforestation policy, the Congversion of Cropland to Forest Program (CCFP).

Coupled Human and Natural Systems

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Influence of rural out-migration on household participation in community forest management? Evidence from the middle hills of Nepal

This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Forest Ecosystems hosted by Dr. Eve Bohnett and Prof. Li An from San Diego State University. Author: Qi Zhang Updated: January 2023

Heterogeneity impacts of farmers’ participation in payment for ecosystem services based on the collective action framework

This study analyzes the drivers of farmers’ participation in three concurrent strategies of payments for ecosystem services programs using hierarchical linear models. This article is in collaboration with Prof. Tan Li from Anhui Agricultural University.

Conservation Effectiveness and Concurrent Green Initiatives

The book exmaines concurrent green initiatives and their spillover effects on environmnetal conservation and mangement to reveal their impacts on conservation effectiveness, drawing on a range of international case studies all over the world.

Understanding human-environment interrelationships under constrained land-use decisions with a spatially explicit agent-based model

Application of Agent-Based Modeling in Human-Environment Interactions ABM-CALM: Agent-Based Model for Cropland Abandonment and Labor Migration Overview of ABM-CALM. This study applies ABM-CALM to explore human-environment interrelationships under constrainted land-use decisions.

Cropland abandonment in the community-forestry landscape in the middle hills of Nepal

This paper aims to understand how feedbacks from the natural system influence cropland-use decisions at the household level in the human system, focusing on cropland abandonment under community forest management in Nepal.

Divergent socioeconomic-ecological outcomes of China’s conversion of cropland to forest program: subtropical mountain vs. loess plateau

This article contributes to the Special Issue “Mountain landscapes: protected areas, ecosystem services and future challenges” edited by Uta Schirpke, Genxu Wang, and Emilio Padoa-Schioppa The Editorial of the special issue on summary is provided in Ecosystem Services.