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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 35-55; doi:10.3390/su7010035

A Spatial Optimization Model for Sustainable Land Use at Regional Level in China: A Case Study for Poyang Lake Region

Research Centre for Environmental and Landscape Ecology, Jiangxi Agricultural University, 1101 Zhimin Road, Nanchang 330045, China
Land Use Planning Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 47, Wageningen 6700 AA, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 7 August 2014 / Accepted: 11 December 2014 / Published: 23 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Economic growth in China is accompanied by many problems, such as rapid deterioration of the environment and a sharp decline in the area of arable land. China’s current land-use planning system fails to deal with these problems, especially at the regional level. The lack of sustainable spatial allocation at regional level has become a pressing problem. This article aims to: (1) analyze the reason why sustainable land use at the regional level is difficult to achieve under the current Chinese land-use planning system; (2) put forward a regional optimization model for sustainable land use; and (3) explore the usefulness and possibility of the future application of the model in supporting land-use planning. The model has been applied in a case study for the Poyang Lake Region, Jiangxi Province in China. Based on predictions of the demand of land in 2015, three single-objective scenarios were constructed: food production oriented, nature conservation oriented and economic growth oriented. An optimized, multi-objective pattern of sustainable land use was achieved by integrating the three single-objective scenarios. The relevance and applicability of the model were discussed with planning experts and practitioners. The results indicate that the model can contribute to a more sustainable regional land-use planning in China. However, the results also show a need for further research on how to embed wider social and economic aspects in the model. View Full-Text
Keywords: land-use planning; regional planning; land-use pattern optimization; GIS; China land-use planning; regional planning; land-use pattern optimization; GIS; China

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Chen, W.; Carsjens, G.J.; Zhao, L.; Li, H. A Spatial Optimization Model for Sustainable Land Use at Regional Level in China: A Case Study for Poyang Lake Region. Sustainability 2015, 7, 35-55.

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