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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 939; doi:10.3390/su9060939

Assessment of Ecological Assets for Sustainable Regional Development: A Case Study of Deqing County, China

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School of Geographical Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
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Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, Nanjing 210023, China
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Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment (Nanjing Normal University), Ministry of Education, Nanjing 210023, China
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Key Laboratory of Beibu Gulf Environmental Change and Resources Utilization under Ministry of Education, Guangxi Teachers Education University, 175 Mingxiudonglu Road, Nanning 530001, China
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Academic Editor: Ioannis Vogiatzakis
Received: 8 April 2017 / Revised: 29 April 2017 / Accepted: 30 May 2017 / Published: 2 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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Abstract

Sustainable development has become a main concern of governments at a variety of levels. Assessing ecological assets, which is significant for the sustainability of human society, plays an important role in measuring the performance of local governments. Using Deqing County in Zhejiang Province as a case study, this paper adapts a county-level indicator assessment of ecological assets and quantifies these indicators using high-resolution data sets. The resulting value of ecological assets in Deqing County accounts for 24.85% of its GDP, which is much higher than other published case studies across China. Through contrasting per capita valuation of ecological assets and per capita enterprise taxation at township level, this paper has classified all townships into four categories, each of which has varied implications for the local development strategy from the perspective of sustainability. This study implies that the integration of the valuation of ecological assets into the measurement of political performance at the lowest township level enables the provision of quantitative evidence to enhance sustainable development at local (county) level. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecological assets; sustainable regional development; measurement of performance; county; township ecological assets; sustainable regional development; measurement of performance; county; township
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Lu, M.; Cheng, J.; Jin, C. Assessment of Ecological Assets for Sustainable Regional Development: A Case Study of Deqing County, China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 939.

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