Resources Science ›› 2015, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (9): 1807-1815.

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A review of the impact of payments for ecosystem services on land use change:appearance,factors and mechanisms

WANG Yurong(), LONG Kaisheng()   

  1. College of Public Administration,Nanjing Agricultural University,Nanjing 210095,China
  • Received:2014-10-28 Revised:2015-07-22 Online:2015-09-25 Published:2015-09-25


Land use change can affect multiple ecosystem services,so linkages between land use change and ecosystem services have attracted broad academic and policy attention. Payments for ecosystem services are increasingly used for changing kinds of land use to promote environmental conservation. This article analyzes the appearance,factors and mechanism of the impact of payments for ecosystem services on land use change using literature review,a case study and theory induction. A framework of the impact of payments for ecosystem services on land use change iss established. The results indicate that,payments for ecosystem service programs lead to forest and grass land cover,landscape patterns and land use efficiency change. The design,property allocation,contracts and participants’ willingness;technology,regulation and payment strategy for ecosystem service programs,and the harmony of payments for ecosystem services programs to local culture and trust,exerted a profound influence on land use change. Based on the core interest of land use,we establish a framework with indicators of net income,sustainability and compliance. Generally speaking,land users,who made decisions under the consideration of net income,will exert an influence on land use change with the balance of interests from the paths of sustainability and compliance. This study provides recommendations to perfect the design and implementation of payments for ecosystem services programs in the future.

Key words: land use change, payments for ecosystem services, mechanism, literature review, theoretical framework