Our knowledge on the sustainable development of less-developed regions under global change is still limited. We welcome the submission of high-quality conceptual and empirical papers for ideas and inspirations to the topics, but not be limited, to the following:
1) Interactions among atmospheric carbon dioxide, surface temperature, and social-economic development
2) Economic impact and social cost of climate change and carbon emission
3) Effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation and carbon reduction
4) Strategies on climate change mitigation and adaptation in less-developed regions
5) Characteristics, classifications and forcing variables for spatiotemporal evaluation of socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience of typical BRI regions
6) Scenario-based analysis and adaptation measures for socio-economic vulnerability risk aversion and resilience improvement in typical BRI
7) Green mining, renewable energy and the sustainable system building of ecological progress
8) Development and utilization of natural resources and regional economic development in Yangtze River Economic Belt
9) Conflicts and solutions: optimizing spatial planning and land use management
Facing global change issues, more than 150 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. The SDGs emphasize integration and balance among economic, social and environmental aspirations, whose framework is intended to manage trade-offs and maximize synergies across the 17 SDGs and associated 169 targets (Griggs et al 2013). To achieve the SDGs, there have many initiatives and actions been launched. For example, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, the Paris Agreement, which aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with an aspirational 1.5°C limit, has entered into force since November 2016. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a development strategy had been proposed by the Chinese government, which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between different regions and will have a lot of potentials to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Climate change characterized by global warming brings severe challenges to natural ecosystem and sustainable development of human society. Carbon emission induced by human activities is the main reason for global warming. The influence mechanisms of carbon emission on regional/global climate change and social-economic development have attracted widespread attention from academics and politics. To contribute to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, it is of great significance to develop new models and approaches to evaluate economic and social cost of carbon emission and carbon reductions, analyze trade-offs and synergies among economic, social and environmental development, and explore scientific climate change adaptation strategies.
The Belt and Road Initiative involves more than 60 countries, thus the implementation of the BRI may confronts various challenges due to complex natural features, shared ecological issues, and diverse socioeconomic conditions in the Belt and Road regions. Reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are vital to achieve the SDGs. It is urgent to identify and assess socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience of countries along the Belt and Road, which will be of great significance to provide decision-making support for economic cooperation and green development of the countries.
The concept of ecological civilization is the extension and Chinese version of sustainable development theory. Promoting ecological progress is a long-term task of vital importance to the people’s wellbeing. System building is important to the ecological environment protection and sustainability. Resource consumption, environmental damage and ecological benefits should be covered by the system of standards for evaluating economic and social development, and related goals, evaluation methods and reward and punishment mechanisms should be adopted in keeping with the need of promoting ecological progress. Faced with increasing resource constraints, severe environmental pollution and deteriorating ecosystem, the analysis on optimized spatial planning, land use efficiency, new energy sources and renewable energy has significant impacts on sustainable development of ecological civilization and global ecological security.
|Presenter||Xiaowei Yao*, China University of Geosciences, Spatial Functional Zoning of Territorial Development: a perspective of Production, Living, Ecological Goals||18||5:00 PM|
|Presenter||Hongwei Zhang*, , The difference of urban built-up land expansion in Zhengzhou and Changsha, China: An approach based on different geographical features||17||5:18 PM|
|Presenter||Jian Luo*, , Temporary land ecological compensation calculation||17||5:35 PM|
|Presenter||Jiao Yu*, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), “Rural-Complex”: A Development Mode of the Countryside in Mengnuo Town，China||16||5:52 PM|
|Presenter||Ying Wang*, , Study on Ecological Conservation and Restoration of Life Community of Mountains, Rivers, Forests, Farmland and Lakes in Hubei Province||16||6:08 PM|
|Presenter||Jiehao Zhang*, , spatial-tempral pattern of environmental equality at the middle reach of the Yangtze River : a perspective of ecosystem service supply and consumption||16||6:24 PM|
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