Abstract—In the Longji Rice Terraces Area, which is the focus of this paper, local residents receive from the government various types of eco-compensation that are aimed at preserving the vast terraced paddy landscape which has been a tourism resource. Local residents are dissatisfied with restrictions on their daily life imposed by strict government regulation, as well as with small amounts of compensation. Generally, attention is focused on this problem. However, is the situation of the area characterized by a strong government and weak local residents who are obedient to the government? One can consider that while government regulation exists, local residents increasingly tend to take advantage of government policy and strategically bring rural landscape preservation into play in order to increase their income.
Index Terms—Income policy, eco-compensation program, rural landscape, China.
Masumi Kikuchi is with WASEDA University, Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Masumi Kikuchi, "Rural Landscape Preservation as a Core Rural Income Policy: The Case of the Longji Rice Terraces Area in Guangxi, China," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 6, no.11, pp. 883-887, 2015.