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Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 671; doi:10.3390/su8070671

Sustainability of Land Use Promoted by Construction-to-Ecological Land Conversion: A Case Study of Shenzhen City, China

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School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of GIS, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of Digital Mapping and Land Information Application Engineering, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Collaborative Innovation Center of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Shenzhen Urban Planning and Land Resource Research Center, 8009 Hongli Road, Shenzhen 518040, China
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Shenzhen Institute of Building Research, Co., Ltd., No. 29, 3 Meiao Road, Shenzhen 518049, China
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 6 June 2016 / Revised: 11 July 2016 / Accepted: 11 July 2016 / Published: 14 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

Rapid urbanization and rapid urban growth present great challenges to the sustainable utilization of land resources. This paper discusses the on-going process of construction-to-ecological land conversion (CELC) in terms of three aspects: land use, environmental effects, and system responses. CELC is compared to other current land conversion strategies in China. Taking Shenzhen City as an example, this paper introduces five areas in which CELC has been implemented since 2009, including basic farmland protection zones, mining areas, ecological corridors, inefficient industrial zones, and urban villages. This paper argues that Shenzhen’s CELC model can improve the ecological environment, control urban sprawl, and promote sustainable land use and, thus, serve as an example for other cities in China. View Full-Text
Keywords: land conversion; land use; ecology; sustainability; urban expansion land conversion; land use; ecology; sustainability; urban expansion
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Peng, Y.; Qian, J.; Ren, F.; Zhang, W.; Du, Q. Sustainability of Land Use Promoted by Construction-to-Ecological Land Conversion: A Case Study of Shenzhen City, China. Sustainability 2016, 8, 671.

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