JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2014, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (9): 1598-1612.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2014.09.014

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Progress in Household Adaptation of Land Use to Environmental Stresses

WANG Jia-li1, HUANG Xian-jin2, YU Zhong-xiang1   

  1. 1. School of Economics and Management Science, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, China;
    2. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Received:2013-06-06 Revised:2013-11-22 Online:2014-09-20 Published:2014-09-20


Household adaptation responses of land use to environmental stresses have becomethe focus of climate change and sustainability science. This paper reviews the determinants ofhouseholds'adaptive capacity, the barriers for adaptation responses, and the assessment on ecologicaland environmental consequences of household adaptation to environmental stressors ofland utilization. The approaches of household adapting environment are presented, involvingcomposite index method, participatory rural assessment, statistic and econometric model, andadaptive co-management model. Some problems are proposed for further study in need of transformative adaptation: 1) Theoretically, building the theoretical framework of adaptation to supply theoretical support for empirical research; 2) more attention be paid to the assessment ofecological and environmental consequences of household adaptation practices and policies forimproving adaptive capacity, which providing scientific basis for sustainable adaptation; 3) toexplore the mechanism of household adaptation process of land use across multiple actors; and4) to construct adaptive co-management model of household to environmental stresses involve dmultiple actors on the basis of systematic ideas, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge,and present methodologies for realizing the combination of qualitative and quantitative research.

Key words: adaptive capacity, household, adaptation, land use, environmental stresses

CLC Number: 

  • F301.24