Presentation on theme: "AUTHORS: SARAH WANDERSEE LI AN DAVID LOPEZ-CARR Perception & Decisions in Modeling Complex Human-Environment Dynamics in Protected Areas February 18, 2011."— Presentation transcript:
AUTHORS: SARAH WANDERSEE LI AN DAVID LOPEZ-CARR Perception & Decisions in Modeling Complex Human-Environment Dynamics in Protected Areas February 18, 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. A Case Study from Guizhou, China
Demonstrate importance of incorporating perception in modeling human decision-making Contribute to structure-agency combined modeling approach Analyze current FNNR policy Hypothesis: Participation in the Grain-to-Green reforestation program increases environmental awareness Methods: household survey & multiple logistic regression Objectives
1978 – Present 41,355 ha Wuling Mtns., m One of 171 national reserves in China Global biodiversity hotspot (>3,000 species) Human activity: agriculture, gathering, tourism Only habitat for Guizhou golden monkey (Rhinopithecus brelichi), est. pop. 750 Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve
Guizhou Golden Monkey 1 of 3 snub-nosed monkeys endemic to China, 5 in the world Last habitat FNNR About 750 monkeys Main threat: indirect effects from human activity
Land Cover Change & FNNR Deforestation Fuelwood Construction Development Farming, grazing Herbs/mushrooms Reforestation GTGP, NFCP Temporary work
Grain to Green Program: 2000 Cropland Forest Erosion control, conservation Compensation for 5 to 8 years or more Types of trees: evergreen, bamboo, tea, fruit Reforestation Program
Theoretical Background Coupled human and natural systems Modeling land use and land cover change Livelihood link with land use decisions Perception in modeling: economics, bounded rationality, risk analysis Land user perceptions of trade-offs in making decisions and conservation participation Contributions: combined structure and agency modeling, human decision-making in CHANS, protected area conservation policy
Methods Hypothesis: Participation in the Grain-to-Green reforestation program increases environmental awareness Household survey & multiple logistic regression Survey: Questions: demographics, participation, land use, livelihood, conservation perception January-March 2010 Mixed methods 268 households 8 villages
Methods Multiple logistic regression Dependent Variable Independent VariablesControl Variables Probability of thinking humans activities affect the environment Reforestation participation/ level Crop damage Income sources Livelihood signifiers (meat, egg, alcohol consumption) Cropland Awareness of climate change Temporary workers & years Household education Average household age Current and future livelihood concerns Fuelwood consumption Interviewee: Age Gender Education Ethnicity
Single Predictor Significant of Interest: Fuelwood use Income Source Livelihood Concerns Villages Regulation Impact Not Significant of Interest: Temporary Work Program Participation Ethnicity Education Age Children or Adults Remittances Results
Model Comparison Results Significant Variables in Model Without Control Variables Adding Control Variables With Control Variable Having Seen the Golden MonkeyXXX Having Heard of Climate ChangeXXX Business InterestXXX Food Security ConcernsXXX FNNR Regulations Restrict Pig XXX No Income Source XXX Balanced (Ag/Non-Ag) Income XXX Fuelwood Consumption XXX
Why did we not get the expected results? Comprehension in translation optimized, questions were understood BUT: possibly participants valued economic aspect of program more than conservation aspect Methods
Implications Policy Direct experience with protected species Animal shyness, increase visibility Impact awareness and restrictive views of regulations Address livelihood concerns Emphasize benefits of conservation programs Modeling Investigating perceptions counterintuitive relationships Context, conscious and unconscious trade-offs Previously unobserved connections surprises? Feedback, thresholds, and nonlinear relationships
Conclusions Summary: Goals, study area, methods Integrated structure-agency approach provides insight identify perceived structures, underlying linkages Can highlight previously unobserved or counterintuitive relationships critical to reducing false assumptions Cannot assume environmental awareness, positive connection Need clear communication of goals and benefits to conservation participants Need to address relationships underlying land use decisions, using perception-decision understanding to improve models of coupled human-nature systems
Future Work Further research into perceived trade-offs in land use decisions in FNNR Multi-level modeling of crop damage and livelihood capacity measures Agent-based modeling of feedbacks to address relationships between land use, livelihoods, crop damage, and conservation management
Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve: Thanks to Yeqin Yang, Mr. Lei and Zhang, and all the other tireless guides, hosts, and translators, including: Mr. Zhong, Ms. Zhang, Mr. Chai, Mr. Hong, Mr. Yang, & Mr. Dai Co-workers: I am deeply grateful for the incredible people I get to work with, including: Li An, David Lopez-Carr, Alex Zvoleff, Gabe Sady, Ninghua Wang Funding: Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation Zoological Society of San Diego Womens Environmental Council Dept. of Geography, SDSU/UCSB Acknowledgements
References Aitken, S.C., Valentine, G., Approaches to human geography. SAGE. An, L., Lupi, F., Liu, J., Linderman, M.A., Huang, J., Modeling the choice to switch from fuelwood to electricity Implications for giant panda habitat conservation. Ecological Economics 42, An, L., C. Tan, S. C. Aitken, Y. Yang, and W. Zhang What affects attitudes toward ecotourism? A case study of the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Sep.30-Oct.3, 2009, San Diego, CA. Ashton, B., Hill, K., Piazza, A., Zeitz, R., Famine in China, Population and Development Review 10, Bleisch, W., Ao-Song, C., Xiao-Dong, R., Jia-Hua, X., Preliminary results from a field study of wild Guizhou snub-nosed monkeys(Rhinopithecus brelichi). Folia Primatologica 60, Chowdhury, R.R., Turner II, B.L., Reconciling Agency and Structure in Empirical Analysis: Smallholder Land Use in the Southern Yucatán, Mexico. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96, 302. Defries, R., Asner, G.P., Foley, J., A glimpse out the window: Landscapes, livelihood, and the environment. Environment 48, DeFries, R.S., Foley, J.A., Asner, G.P., Land-Use Choices: Balancing Human Needs and Ecosystem Function. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2,
References Drasch, G., Böse-O'Reilly, S., Beinhoff, C., Roider, G., Maydl, S., The Mt. Diwata study on the Philippines assessing mercury intoxication of the population by small scale gold mining. The Science of The Total Environment 267, Feng, Z., Yang, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, P., Li, Y., Grain-for-green policy and its impacts on grain supply in West China. Land Use Policy 22, Foley, J.A., DeFries, R., Asner, G.P., Barford, C., Bonan, G., Carpenter, S.R., Chapin, F.S., Coe, M.T., Daily, G.C., Gibbs, H.K., Helkowski, J.H., Holloway, T., Howard, E.A., Kucharik, C.J., Monfreda, C., Patz, J.A., Prentice, I.C., Ramankutty, N., Snyder, P.K., Global Consequences of Land Use. Science 309, Grimm, V., Revilla, E., Berger, U., Jeltsch, F., Mooij, W.M., Railsback, S.F., Thulke, H., Weiner, J., Wiegand, T., DeAngelis, D.L., Pattern-Oriented Modeling of Agent-Based Complex Systems: Lessons from Ecology. Science, New Series 310, Guisan, A., Zimmermann, N.E., Predictive habitat distribution models in ecology. Ecological Modelling 135, Guizhou Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve Administration Bureau The Management Plan of Guizhou Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve. Sustainable Forestry Development Project/Protected Area Management. Johnston, R.J., Gregory, D., Pratt, G., Watts, M. (Eds.), The Dictionary of Human Geography, 4th ed. Wiley.
References Kotchen, M.J., Young, O.R., Meeting the challenges of the anthropocene: Towards a science of coupled human-biophysical systems. Global Environmental Change 17, Lambin, E., Geist, H., Land-Use And Land-Cover Change: Local Processes And Global Impacts. Springer. Li, B., Pan, R., Oxnard, C.E., Extinction of Snub-Nosed Monkeys in China During the Past 400 Years. International Journal of Primatology 23, Li, W., Han, N., Ecotourism Management in China's Nature Reserves. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 30, Liu, J., Dietz, T., Carpenter, S.R., Alberti, M., Folke, C., Moran, E., Pell, A.N., Deadman, P., Kratz, T., Lubchenco, J., Complexity of coupled human and natural systems. Science 317, Liu, J., Li, S., Ouyang, Z., Tam, C., Chen, X., Ecological and socioeconomic effects of China's policies for ecosystem services. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105, Liu, J., Dietz, T., Carpenter, S.R., Folke, C., Alberti, M., Redman, C.L., Schneider, S.H., Ostrom, E., Pell, A.N., Lubchenco, J., Taylor, W.W., Ouyang, Z., Deadman, P., Kratz, T., Provencher, W., Coupled Human and Natural Systems. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 36, Livingstone, D.N., The geographical tradition: episodes in the history of a contested enterprise. Wiley-Blackwell. Manson, S.M., Simplifying complexity: a review of complexity theory. Geoforum 32,
References Mol, J.H., Ouboter, P.E., Downstream Effects of Erosion from Small-Scale Gold Mining on the Instream Habitat and Fish Community of a Small Neotropical Rainforest Stream. Conservation Biology 18, Myers, N., Mittermeier, R.A., Mittermeier, C.G., Fonseca, G.A.B.D., Kent, J., Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities. Nature 403, O'Sullivan, D., Complexity Science and Human Geography. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series 29, Pålsson, A., Does the degree of relative risk aversion vary with household characteristics? Journal of Economic Psychology 17, Parker, D.C., Manson, S.M., Janssen, M.A., Hoffmann, M.J., Deadman, P., Multi-Agent Systems for the Simulation of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change: A Review. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93, People's Daily Online "Wild boar disaster" brings fear of ecological unbalance in east China, (Accessed 29 January 2010). Ribaudo, M.O., Hoag, D.L., Smith, M.E., Heimlich, R., Environmental indices and the politics of the Conservation Reserve Program. Ecological Indicators 1, 11–20. Rindfuss, R.R., Entwisle, B., Walsh, S.J., An, L., Badenoch, N., Brown, D.G., Deadman, P., Evans, T.P., Fox, J., Geoghegan, J., Gutmann, M., Kelly, M., Linderman, M., Liu, J., Malanson, G.P., Mena, C.F., Messina, J.P., Moran, E.F., Parker, D.C., Parton, W., Prasartkul, P., Robinson, D.T., Sawangdee, Y., Vanwey, L.K., Verburg, P.H., Land use change: complexity and comparisons. Journal of Land Use Science 3, 1.
References Tan, C., Guo, S., Li, B., Population structure and ranging patterns of Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana) in Zhouzhi National Nature Reserve, Shaanxi, China. International Journal of Primatology 28, Turner II, B.L., Robbins, P., Land-Change Science and Political Ecology: Similarities, Differences, and Implications for Sustainability Science. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 33, Verburg, P.H., Schot, P.P., Dijst, M.J., Veldkamp, A., Land use change modelling: current practice and research priorities. GeoJournal 61, Wang, Z.Q., Cui, J., Xu, B.L., The epidemiology of human trichinellosis in China during 2000– Acta Tropica 97, Wenhua, L., Degradation and restoration of forest ecosystems in China. Forest Ecology and Management 201, Xiang, Z., Nei, S., Lei, X., Chang, Z., Wei, F., Current status and conservation of the gray snub- nosed monkey Rhinopithecus brelichi (Colobinae) in Guizhou, China. Biological Conservation 142, Yang, Y., Lei, X., Yang, C., Ecology of the Wild Guizhou Snub-nosed Monkey. Guizhou Science and Technology Press, Guiyang, China.