Standards of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Watershed: TakingWeigan River Basin as an Example

  • 1. School of Surveying and Land Information Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454003, China;
    2. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi 830011, China;
    3. lnstitute of Geography, Henan Academy of Sciences, Zhengzhou 450052, China

Received date: 2011-09-08

  Revised date: 2012-04-14

  Online published: 2012-10-20


Standard of payments for ecosystem services (PES) is one of the key issues to establish PES mechanism in watershed. The paper established research framework and calculation process of PES standard. Taking Weigan River Basin as a study area, by calculating ecological profit and loss, opportunity cost and willingness to pay, the maximum standard, minimum standard and reference standard of PES can be attained, which are 24.83?108 yuan, 0.24?108 yuan and 6.7?108 yuan. Based on the quality and quantity standards of water, cost-sharing model is built to compute the shares that counties of the lower reaches have to undertake. The results indicate that Kuche County has to pay 1.99?108 yuan, Shaya County 1.72?108 yuan, and Xinhe County 3.0?108 yuan. Standards of PES significantly affect welfares of farmers and herdsmen in watershed. The income of farmers and herdsmen in water conservation area will reach average level of basin, if they are compensated by 8.67% of reference standard of PES. In discussion, difficulties are analyzed during the calculation of PES standard in watershed.

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QIAO Xu-ning, YANG Yong-ju, YANG De-gang, LI Cheng-lin . Standards of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Watershed: TakingWeigan River Basin as an Example[J]. JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, 2012 , (10) : 1666 -1676 . DOI: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2012.10.005


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