Farmers’ landslide risk perceptions and willingness for restoration and conservation of world heritage site of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China

Gao, Xuan, Roder, Giulia, Jiao, Yuanmei, Ding, Yinping, Liu, Zhilin and Tarolli, Paolo, (2020). Farmers’ landslide risk perceptions and willingness for restoration and conservation of world heritage site of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China. Landslides, 17 1915-1924

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    Author Gao, Xuan
    Roder, Giulia
    Jiao, Yuanmei
    Ding, Yinping
    Liu, Zhilin
    Tarolli, Paolo
    Title Farmers’ landslide risk perceptions and willingness for restoration and conservation of world heritage site of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China
    Appearing in Landslides
    Volume 17
    Publication Date 2020-04-17
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
    Start page 1915
    End page 1924
    Language eng
    Abstract The Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (China) is an ancient world heritage agricultural landscape that has been evolved in centuries as a result of farmers’ indigenous practices and knowledge. The area, however, is prone to landslides that can burden the conservation of these landscapes including their social, cultural, economic and aesthetic value. In June 2018, a landslide threatened the villages of Duosha and Mengpin affecting 138 inhabitants and the terraces structure. This event marked the need to understand how farmers coexist with these natural hazards and which are the behaviours people adopt to conserve their environment and safeguard their livelihood. Results from 125 in-person interviews showed that farmers feel threaten by landslide events derived by their personal experience, but their poor perceived preparedness and the inefficient disaster information make them more vulnerable to those events. Nevertheless, they demonstrated a desire to increase their knowledge on terraces restoration and conservation practices. This is an important signal for public authorities and practitioners that need to underpin training activities and create momentum for discussion. The demonstrated high trust in authorities’ decisions is a crucial element to pursue the objective and sustain the conservation of the terraces and the tourism economy.
    Keyword Hani Rice Terraces
    World heritage
    Landslide
    Risk perception
    Restoration
    Conservation
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.1007/s10346-020-01389-4
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