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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 180-194; doi:10.3390/su7010180

Factors Influencing the Conversion of Arable Land to Urban Use and Policy Implications in Beijing, China

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School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District, Beijing 100875, China
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Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 11A Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yuquan Road 49, Beijing 100049, China
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Urban-Rural Planning Administration Center, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, No.9 San Li He Road, Beijing 100835, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 29 October 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 26 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape and Sustainability)
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Abstract

Rapid urban land expansion and the resulting arable land loss have put food security in China at risk. This paper investigates the characteristics and mechanism of arable land conversion in Beijing using a logistic model based on land-use data for 2001 and 2010. The results suggest that (1) arable land conversion tends to occur near built-up areas, city centers and major roads; (2) arable land that lies closer to irrigation canals and country roads is less likely to be converted to urban use; (3) arable land that is bigger in size and has a more regular shape has a lower probability of conversion to urban use; and (4) the Prime Farmland Protection policy and related land-use plan have played a positive role in preserving arable land, demonstrated by the probability for arable land conversion inside a prime farmland boundary is 63.9 percent less than for land outside the boundary. Based on these findings and on sustainable-development principles, we suggest that, rather than an exclusive focus on controlling the quantity of arable land, the location and characteristics of the arable land should be a primary consideration when designing urban policies and plans. View Full-Text
Keywords: arable land conversion; sustainable development; logistic regression; Beijing China; planning policy arable land conversion; sustainable development; logistic regression; Beijing China; planning policy
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Huang, D.; Jin, H.; Zhao, X.; Liu, S. Factors Influencing the Conversion of Arable Land to Urban Use and Policy Implications in Beijing, China. Sustainability 2015, 7, 180-194.

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