Journal article

Balancing Rural Household Livelihood and Regional Ecological Footprint in Water Source Areas of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project

Chen Wang, Guoqing Shi, Yongping Wei, Andrew William Western, Hang Zheng, Yan Zhao

Sustainability | MDPI AG | Published : 2017

Abstract

There is a knowledge gap and practical demand to understand the co-evolutionary relationship between rural household livelihood and regional ecological footprints for developing sustainable livelihoods in ecological conservation regions. This paper tracks the change trajectories of rural household livelihoods and regional ecological footprints in four water source areas of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project where various ecological and environmental protection projects and measures are being proposed to protect water quality. As a result, some concerns regarding rural livelihood have arisen. The sustainable livelihood approach developed by DFID (Department for International Developme..

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Grants

Awarded by National Social Science Fountation of China


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was also supported by the National Social Science Fountation of China (Project Grant No.13 & ZD172; 16CSH019). This work was also supported by the Australian Research Council No. FT130100274). The authors appreciate the Chinese Scholarship Council for its support, and would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful and helpful comments on the manuscript.