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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(12), 1169; doi:10.3390/ijerph13121169

Ecosystem Services Insights into Water Resources Management in China: A Case of Xi’an City

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College of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, Shaanxi, China
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Key Laboratory of Disaster Monitoring and Mechanism Simulation, Baoji University of Arts and Sciences, Baoji 721000, Shaanxi, China
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College of Territorial Resources and Tourism, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000, Anhui, China
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Key Laboratory of Marine Geology and Environment, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266000, Shangdong, China
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 10 May 2016 / Revised: 13 November 2016 / Accepted: 17 November 2016 / Published: 24 November 2016
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Abstract

Global climate and environmental changes are endangering global water resources; and several approaches have been tested to manage and reduce the pressure on these decreasing resources. This study uses the case study of Xi’an City in China to test reasonable and effective methods to address water resource shortages. The study generated a framework combining ecosystem services and water resource management. Seven ecosystem indicators were classified as supply services, regulating services, or cultural services. Index values for each indicator were calculated, and based on questionnaire results, each index’s weight was calculated. Using the Likert method, we calculated ecosystem service supplies in every region of the city. We found that the ecosystem’s service capability is closely related to water resources, providing a method for managing water resources. Using Xi’an City as an example, we apply the ecosystem services concept to water resources management, providing a method for decision makers. View Full-Text
Keywords: Xi’an; ecosystem service; water resources management; survey; ecosystem service indicators Xi’an; ecosystem service; water resources management; survey; ecosystem service indicators
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Liu, J.; Li, J.; Gao, Z.; Yang, M.; Qin, K.; Yang, X. Ecosystem Services Insights into Water Resources Management in China: A Case of Xi’an City. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1169.

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