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.
China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forest Program (CCFP) is one of the world’s largest Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs.
Its socioeconomic-ecological effects are of great interest to both scholars and policy-makers.
However, little is known about how the socioeconomic-ecological outcomes of CCFP differ across geographic regions.
This study integrates household survey data, satellite imagery, and statistical models to examine labor migration and forest dynamics under CCFP. The investigation is carried out at two mountainous sites with distinct biophysical and socioeconomic conditions, one in a subtropical mountainous region (Anhui) and the other in the semi-arid Loess Plateau (Shanxi).
Policymakers should take regional difference into account in the design of future large-scale PES programs.
Author: Qi Zhang
Updated: May, 2021