Hollowed village reconstruction and the sustainability of rural community: a case study in traditional agricultural areas of China

Authors: Pengcan Fan*, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Yurui Li, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS
Topics: Rural Geography, Land Use, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: rural community sustainability; rural residential land consolidation and allocation; gully land consolidation; high quality farmland construction; case study
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Muses, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Under the background of economic globalization, rapid industrialization and urbanization, the man-land relationship has changed dramatically in traditional agricultural areas (TAAs). Hundreds of millions of rural labors left home and work in cites every year. And more problems have been driven by vast and increasing out-migration of rural labors under urban-rural dual-track system, such as rural hollowing, farmland abandon, and infrastructure shortage, and those have imposed huge obstacles on improving land use efficiency and coordinating urban-rural development in China. Therefore, it’s necessary to implementing land consolidation in rural China. With its wide ranges and complexity, rural land consolidation may have a far-reaching influence on the sustainability of rural community. This paper established a framework and index system for evaluating the sustainability of rural community. Then, takes three typical rural communities in TAAs as an example, this paper analyzes the impacts of three typical land consolidation (rural residential land consolidation and allocation, gully land consolidation and high quality farmland construction) on the sustainability of rural communities, using the data gotten by questionnaire survey and depth interview. On considering the sustainability of rural community, suggestions for future rural consolidation in China have been put forward.

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