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Understanding herders' stocking rate decisions in response to policy initiatives

Li, Ping; Bennett, Jeff

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Overgrazing is widely accepted to be the main driver of grassland degradation. However, policies designed to reduce overgrazing are poorly understood in terms of their political acceptability and their effectiveness in improving the sustainability of grassland management. This study was conducted to explore herders' preferences across a range of policies aimed at reducing stocking rates and how those policies impact on their stocking rate decisions. Choice Modelling and Contingent Behavior...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLi, Ping
dc.contributor.authorBennett, Jeff
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-12T05:37:56Z
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/204061
dc.description.abstractOvergrazing is widely accepted to be the main driver of grassland degradation. However, policies designed to reduce overgrazing are poorly understood in terms of their political acceptability and their effectiveness in improving the sustainability of grassland management. This study was conducted to explore herders' preferences across a range of policies aimed at reducing stocking rates and how those policies impact on their stocking rate decisions. Choice Modelling and Contingent Behavior methods were used in a survey distributed to a sample of Inner Mongolian herders. It was found that while increasing the extent of loan payments and subsidies were popular amongst the herder respondents; these policy options are predicted to have no significant effect on stocking rates. In contrast, less preferred policies such as increasing the probability of being caught exceeding stocking rate limits and increasing the financial penalties associated with such breaches would be effective in reducing grazing pressure. Only the policy of increasing pension payments was shown to be both popular amongst respondents and effective in reducing stocking rates. The results from this research provide useful information to policy makers in their consideration of new policy initiatives.
dc.description.sponsorshipSupport from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ADP/2012/107); National Natural Science Foundation of China (71403272, 71774162); Natural Science Foundation of Inner Mongolia (2018MS07007) and Basic Scientific Research Expenses Supporting Programs for National Public Scientific Research Institute (1610332018021, y2019GH18, Y2019ZK01) is gratefully acknowledged.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2019 Elsevier B.V
dc.sourceScience of the Total Environment
dc.titleUnderstanding herders' stocking rate decisions in response to policy initiatives
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume672
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor140205 - Environment and Resource Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB1863
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLi, Ping, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
local.contributor.affiliationBennett, Jeffrey, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage141
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage149
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.407
local.identifier.absseo960699 - Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2019-12-01T07:16:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85063761563
local.identifier.thomsonID4.66979E+11
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