JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (11): 1817-1831.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20151343

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Evaluating the Ecosystem Services of Chongyi HakkaTerraces in Gannan, Jiangxi Province

MIAO Jian-quna, b, YANG Wen-tinga, YANG Bin-juana, MA Yan-qina, HUANG Guo-qina   

  1. a. Research Center on Ecological Science, Jiangxi Agriculture University/Key Laboratory of Crop Physiology, Ecology and Genetic Breeding, Ministry of Education, b. College of Science, Jiangxi Agriculture University, Nangchang 330045, China
  • Received:2015-12-04 Revised:2016-03-24 Online:2016-11-20 Published:2016-11-20
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    “Chongyi Hakka Terrace, Jiangxi” Ecosystem Services, Agricultural Ecological Protection and Traditional Farming Technology Research, No.9131205436

Abstract: Chongyi Hakka Terraces are located in South of Jiangxi. They provide many ecosystem services for the Hakka people. Economic valuation on the main ecosystem services of Chongyi Hakka Terraces can help us understand the direct contribution of the terrace system to Hakka society, and make the government pay high attention to the protection of the terrace ecosystem when making economic strategies. The paper established the evaluation indexes system of the ecosystem service function in Chongyi Hakka Terraces according to the regional ecological and social economic characteristics. The eco-economic values provided by two major ecosystem (field and forest) in the Chongyi Hakka Terraces in 2012 were evaluated with the quantitative measures of replacement cost, market value, shadow engineering, cost of afforestation, reference results and travel expenses. The results showed that: First, the total economic value of the ecosystem services provided by Chongyi Hakka Terraces was estimated to be 102.02×108 yuan in 2012, among which the values of farmland ecosystem service and forest ecosystem service were 42.00×108 and 60.03×108 yuan, accounting for 41.17% and 58.84% of the total value, respectively. Second, the values of biological diversity protection and tourism leisure were the top two among the 11 ecosystem services evaluated, which were 29.73×108 yuan and 22.30×108 yuan, accounting for 29.14% and 21.86% of the total value, respectively. The economic values of the 11 ecosystem service in order were biological diversity protection, tourism leisure, gas regulation, soil conservation, product production, climate regulation, flood adjustment, pest control, social security, cultural transmission and environment purification. The direct economic figures revealed the great contribution made by Chongyi Hakka Terraces. The results not only help the management and the public improve their consciousness to protect the traditional agricultural culture, but also provide the data support for the government to formulate the compensation standard in the Hakka terrace area.

Key words: agricultural heritage systems, Chongyi Hakka Terraces, ecosystem service function, farmland ecosystem, forest ecosystem

CLC Number: 

  • F062.2