Strengthening the socio-ecological resilience of forest-dependent communities: the case of the Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan, China

Gu, Hongyan, Jiao, Yuanmei and Liang, Luohui, (2012). Strengthening the socio-ecological resilience of forest-dependent communities: the case of the Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan, China. Forest Policy and Economics, 22 53-59

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    Author Gu, Hongyan
    Jiao, Yuanmei
    Liang, Luohui
    Title Strengthening the socio-ecological resilience of forest-dependent communities: the case of the Hani Rice Terraces in Yunnan, China
    Appearing in Forest Policy and Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 22
    Publication Date 2012-09
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 53
    End page 59
    Abstract

    The rapid disappearance of traditional agricultural landscapes is a worldwide concern. How to balance the needs between conservation and development has become a major policy issue. Based on a case study of the Hani Rice Terraces — a mosaic agricultural landscape composed of forests, villages, rice terraces and water system in Yunnan, China, this article examines the issues pertaining to tourism development and its impact on the relationship between the Hani Rice Terraces and their custodian communities. It also discusses measures to strengthen the resilience of rural communities to adapt to changing socio-economic conditions. Drawing on a comparison between the Hani Rice Terraces and the Ifugao rice terraces, this article proposes an endogenous development strategy aiming at harnessing tourism for poverty reduction and enhancing community custodianship.

    Keyword Rice terraces
    Sacred forests
    Tourism
    Rural development
    Yunnan
    China
    Copyright Holder Elsevier
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1389-9341
    DOI 10.1016/j.forpol.2012.04.004
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