JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (6): 977-987.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20160604

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Community Residents’ Willingness to Contribute to Wetland Ecosystem Services in Sanjiang Plain Nature Reserves

DAI Hu-xuan1, LEE Chun-hung2, CHENG Kun1, ZONG Cheng1, 3   

  1. 1. College of Wildlife Resource, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China;
    2. College of Environmental Studies, Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97441, China;
    3. Agricultural and Animal Husbandry College, Tibet University, Nyingchi 860000, China
  • Received:2016-06-12 Revised:2016-09-20 Online:2017-06-20 Published:2017-06-20
  • Supported by:

    Special Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Consulting Program of Chinese Academy of Engineering, No. L1322010; Program of Flexible Talent in Agricultural and Animal Husbandry College of Tibet University, No. 201501.

Abstract:

This paper conducted a questionnaire survey in communities of five nature reserves in Sanjiang Plain, using double bounded dichotomous choice model of the contingent valuation method to explore residents’ willingness to contribute to ecosystem service in nature reserves. We found that: 1) the residents had higher willingness of labor contribution (73.57%) than willingness of financial contribution (55.65%), the mean willingness to pay (WTP) by individual being 387.25±7.08 yuan per year and the mean willingness to work (WTW) being 31.40±0.39 hours per month. 2) Residents with higher income and higher acceptance of paying money expressed higher WTP for ecosystem service. Male residents and those who joined environmental defense association, were better educated or had higher acceptance of paying money expressed higher WTW for ecosystem service. 3) 49.46% of the residents are willing to contribute both money and labor, whose proportion is much higher than other types of contribution, and people in this group averagely showed higher WTP and WTW. To take full play of the location advantage in the practice of nature reserves management, we suggest to encourage community volunteers to participate in the ecosystem conservation.

Key words: community, contingent valuation method, nature reserves, wetland ecosystem, willingness to pay, willingness to work

CLC Number: 

  • X37