Spatial patterns and coordination relations of multiple land use functions in China: Implications for sustainable land management

Authors: Hualou Long*, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Yingnan Zhang, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Topics: Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Land Use
Keywords: land management, multifunctional land use; Mechanical Equilibrium Model; grid scale; Zoning
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 0, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Land use function (LUF) has sparked widely attention of researchers and policymakers who are focusing on sustainable development. Identifying the relationship of multiple LUFs is of great significance for land use sustainability. In this paper, we proposed a conceptual classification framework from the dimensions of economy, society and ecology, which was employed to assess the LUFs at grid scale. Upon the works aforementioned, Mechanical Equilibrium Model in physics was referenced to explore the coordination relationship among LUFs. The findings suggest that a large proportion of well-developed regions, especially the provincial capitals or urban agglomerations, have prominent performance in economic function, where present significant coordinated development between economic function and social function, as well as the conflict between the aforementioned functions and ecological function. Social function dominated areas mainly gathered in farming areas and the outskirts of cities and ecological function dominated regions widely distributed in the west part of China and the peripheral regions of urbanized and farming areas, which is generally coincide with the distribution of ecological land. In fact, the uncoordinated development of economic, social and ecological functions is a complex process of trade-off influenced by both regional indigenous factors (e.g., topography, climate, resource endowments and economic location) and external drivers (e.g., urbanization, industrialization and agricultural modernization). The authors argue that it is essential to insist on the Major Function Oriented Zoning Strategy and innovate the mechanism of multifunctional and intensive land use, so as to realize the sustainable land management in China.

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