Voices from below: Local community perceptions of forest conservation policies in China

Kevin Lo*, Liyuan Zhu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Local voices on forest conservation are often ignored in authoritarian regimes, which presents a challenge to sound and fair policy-making. In this political ecology study, we explore the preferences and priorities of the forest-dependent communities toward forest conservation policies in Daxing'anling Prefecture, China. Our analysis focuses on two aspects of forest conservation closest to local interests: (1) the socio-economic impact of conservation and (2) the transition strategies. From the analysis, we illustrate the benefits of a more participatory approach to forest conservation in China by envisioning a bottom-up conservation program.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102825
JournalForest Policy and Economics
Volume144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Forestry
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

User-Defined Keywords

  • Authoritarianism
  • China
  • Forest conservation
  • Local policy preferences

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