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Public Perceptions and Support of Environmental Management in the Source Area of Drinking Water for Beijing, China

  • Wang, Xiaoyan (College of Resources, Environment & Tourism, Capital Normal University) ;
  • Feng, Qing (College of Resources, Environment & Tourism, Capital Normal University) ;
  • Zhang, Yafan (College of Resources, Environment & Tourism, Capital Normal University) ;
  • Duan, Shuhuai (Beijing Soil Conservation Station) ;
  • Novotny, Vladimir (Center for Urban Environmental Studies, Northeastern University)
  • Published : 2010.03.31

Abstract

Based on a survey of citizens and data analysis on the environmental status of the Miyun Reservoir watershed, China, the environmental awareness of citizens residing in the watershed and the impacting factors are discussed. The contingent valuation method was used to evaluate the willingness of villagers to pay (WTP) for abatement of the rural domestic pollution and to assess the intensity level of the villagers' desire for improving environmental conditions in the Miyun Reservoir watershed. It was found that rural watershed residents had a fundamental cognitive understanding of the pollution status and protection measures of the Miyun Reservoir. However, based on the survey, local residents had only a small interest in their participation to improve the environmental status of the reservoir, despite their general attitude to protect the reservoir being very positive. Gender and family income were closely associated with the overall attitudes of the population. Public media are the most preferable means for conveying knowledge of environmental protection to people living in the watershed. Increasing the educational level, along with income, are the best ways to enhance the desire of the villagers to improve the environmental quality and management.

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