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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2356; doi:10.3390/su9122356

Ecosystem Services Value Assessment and Uneven Development of the Qingjiang River Basin in China

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School of Environmental Studies, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Wuhan 430074, China
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School of Arts Communication, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Wuhan 430074, China
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Department of Geography, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, USA
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School of Economics and Management, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin 541004, China
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School of Public Administration, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Wuhan 430074, China
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School of Information, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, USA
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Received: 11 August 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 18 December 2017
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Abstract

As an important ecological barrier in Southwest China, the Qingjiang river basin plays a vital role in shaping the mountainous terrain. This paper analyzes the Ecosystem Services Value (ESV) using a series of methods based on the data of changes in land use from 2000 to 2015 and the statistical yearbook. The changes in land use between 2000 and 2015 were dominated by forest land, which accounted for 60.63% of the total area, followed by arable landwhich accounted for about 22.26%, while grassland and other land use contribution rates were the lowest, accounting for only about 17.11%. Environmental changes and economic development were uneven. The regional comprehensive strength of En’shi City, Changyang County, and Yidu City were among the highest, while Badong County, Hefeng County, and Wufeng County were among the lowest in the area under study. In addition, the ESV in 2035 was estimated to be 1.56 billion dollars, a decrease of 27.64% when compared with the year 2000. The ESV of Yidu City, Lichuan City, Jianshi County, and Hefeng County grew faster, at the rates of 94.76%, 65.12%, 96.96%, and 92.38%, respectively. However, the ESV of En’shi City, Badong County, Wufeng County and Xuan’en County showed a downward trend, at the rates of −32.53%, −487.80%, −368.07%, and −181.52%, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services value; land use change; weighted summation method; grey prediction method; Qingjiang river basin; unevenness ecosystem services value; land use change; weighted summation method; grey prediction method; Qingjiang river basin; unevenness
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Lin, Z.; Ye, X.; Wei, Q.; Xin, F.; Lu, Z.; Kudva, S.; Dai, Q. Ecosystem Services Value Assessment and Uneven Development of the Qingjiang River Basin in China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2356.

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