Responses of grazing households to different levels of payments for ecosystem services

Weiwei Shen, Ting Zhou, Hong Chang, Xiao Qiu, Yahong Liu, Hailian Sun, Xiu Zhai, Hongbo Yang, Guihuan Liu & Wu Yang
Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs have been implemented globally to protect ecosystems while securing the well-being of affected people. Reasonable payment standards are key to successful PES programs. Although some approaches are available for determining payment standards, few studies have applied them for grassland conservation with location indicators and socioeconomic contexts properly considered. Using China’s first pilot Grassland Ecological Compensation Policy (GECP) as an example, we analyzed the effects of payment levels, other natural...
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