Authors

Qing Lin

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2016

Abstract

China has seen rapid industrialization and development of its social economy (Huang, Wu, & Yan, 2016). Although this resulted in China’s rise in economic power, it also came with the degradation of its ecological environment (Luo et al., 2013).One of its areas of concern is Jiaozhou Bay in Qiangdao, the most important coastal port city in northern China. Jiaozhou Bay is the lifeblood of Qingdao’s economy and the center of most aspects of local societal development. To promote the long-term survival of the Bay’s ecosystem, the central government issued a new directive to create a sustainable plan, named the “Blue Economy” model. In response, the local government recommended the establishment of a wetland protected area called Red-Island Oasis. The government would like to implement a restoration program that includes three stages: a) Buy-back of all traditional agriculture facilities and businesses (fisheries, aquaculture, salt mines), b) wetland restoration, c) promote sustainable eco-tourism near the Dagu river and affordable housing in the middle district of Red-Island. The objective of my research is to recommend compensation strategies for the ongoing buy-back program. With the assistance of the government staff, I interviewed nine interest groups in Red-Island. These included fishermen and their families, aquaculture workers and their families, salt farm workers, tourism related interest groups which included restaurant owners, hotel owners, real estate developers, and local tourists and University researchers involved with sustainable development of Jiaozhou Bay. I used both closed-ended and open-ended questions to determine what the stakeholders think about current buy-back policy and what they want to do for change. The buy-back will shut down the fisheries, clam aquaculture and salt industries in Red-Island, which will result in the loss of all the jobs associated with these industries. To help offset the hardship caused by the buy-back, I would recommend implementation of compensation scheme for displaced workers and a plan to promote eco-tourism.

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Division: MES

MPS Track: CZM

Location: Ocean University of China

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