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Title :Village Fengshui Forests as Forms of Cultural and Ecological Heritage: Interpretations and Conservation Policy Implications from Southern China
Authors :Chen, Jianling
Lin, Weiming
Zhang, Yaoqi
Dai, Yongwu
Chen, Bixia
Issue Date :30-Nov-2020
Abstract :Using field survey data gathered from seven villages in Youxi County in southern China and a list of famous and ancient trees and groves, this study explored the cultural roots and ecological interpretations of village fengshui forests. The results show as follows: the species of fengshui trees selected by Chinese rural villagers bear a symbolic meaning, including health, longevity, flourishing population, fortune, and wealth. Fengshui belief, clan system, village rules and regulations, fengshui worship tradition, and customs have all played important roles in villagers’ planting and conservation of fengshui forests. It is suggested that the government should recognize the cultural and ecological value of fengshui forests and integrate the local rules and village regulations into the current policy frameworks to improve fengshui (culturally preserved) forests management with favourable polices such as subsidies and conservation strategy. China’s fengshui forests suggest the cultural importance of ecosystem services from forests, and the role of culture in forest conservation.
URL :https://doi.org/10.3390/f11121286
Type Local :雑誌掲載論文
ISSN :1999-4907
Publisher :MDPI
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/47505
Citation :Forests Vol.11 no.12
Appears in Collections:Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Faculty of Agriculture)

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