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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1179; doi:10.3390/su9071179

Locating Sustainability Issues: Identification of Ecological Vulnerability in Mainland China’s Mega-Regions

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Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
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School of Geographical Science, Nantong University, Nantong 226007, China
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Received: 29 March 2017 / Revised: 9 May 2017 / Accepted: 1 June 2017 / Published: 5 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

This paper presents a spatial analysis of likely/potential hotspots of sustainability issues in Mainland China through an empirical investigation of patterns of ecological vulnerability in and of China’s megaregions. To be specific, this paper assesses the level of patterns of the ecological vulnerability of 16 megaregions through an indicator system, which includes soil erosion, desertification, ecosystem vulnerability, key ecological areas, and water and land resources. Empirical results reveal that while most megaregions are located in the less vulnerable areas, there are a couple of megaregions with a vulnerable basis of ecological environment. These megaregions consist of Chengdu-Chongqing, Guanzhong Tianshui Economic Zone, Shandong Peninsula, Wuhan City Circle, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, and Liaoning Coastal Belt. Furthermore, a typology of these megaregions is identified based on their development level and ecological vulnerability. View Full-Text
Keywords: mega-regions; ecological vulnerability; sustainable development; China mega-regions; ecological vulnerability; sustainable development; China
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Zou, H.; Duan, X.; Ye, L.; Wang, L. Locating Sustainability Issues: Identification of Ecological Vulnerability in Mainland China’s Mega-Regions. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1179.

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