Special Issue "Sustainable Land Use in China"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)
Prof. Dr. Hualin Xie
Director of Co-Innovation Center of Institutional Construction of Jiangxi Eco-Civilization, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330013, China
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Interests: sustainability; land use management; Ecological security; land use and land coverage; land use planning
Dr. Yanni Yu
Institute of Resource, Environment and Sustainable Development, Jinan University, Guangzhou City 510632, China
Interests: corporate sustainability; sustainable development
Land use patterns and land use changes are considered critical for sustainable development in developing countries. With the advent of rapid urbanization, rural transformation and the development of modern agriculture, China currently faces a number of land use challenges including, conversion of productive farmland to real estate development, excessive intensification of agricultural land, land degradation, farmland abandonment, emerging "hollow villages" and land fragmentation. These competing interests have produced fierce land use conflicts and negative environmental impacts and threaten sustainable land development. As the largest developing country in the world, the key difficulty facing China is how to manage and balance the use of land from the perspectives of socio-economic development, food security and natural conservation. The eighteenth central committee of the Communist Party of China has recommended important strategies "to optimize the spatial pattern of land development, to build scientific and reasonable urbanization, agricultural development and ecological security patterns, as well as to delineate control boundaries for production, living and ecological space utilization". To establish sustainable land use in China, it is essential to identify the major changes that are occurring in the use of land and their underlying motivators, control of the extensive expansion of developed land, protection of farmland and conservation land, regulation of unsustainable land use patterns and land use changes, improvement of land use efficiency and mitigation of negative environmental impacts. Despite the attention on sustainable land use in China, the extent of sustainable land use remains unclear. Its evaluation—the major obstacles to sustainable land use, and the tools that are available (e.g. market instruments, institutional innovation and policy reform) to establish sustainable land use in China—is equally unclear.
The Co-Innovation Center of Institutional Construction of Jiangxi Eco-Civilization in Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics will organize a workshop entitled “Sustainable Land Use in China" for this special issue. The plan is to invite many worldwide, notable scholars in the area of land use to contribute to this workshop.
This Special Issue will be open to researchers, from both the conference and the wider academic community. Major topics will include issues related to sustainable land use in China, including an integrated evaluation of land use sustainability, sustainable land management practices and land reform in China.
Prof. Hualin Xie
Dr. Yanni Yu
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• Land use pattern
• Land use change
• Land use policy
• Land degradation
• Sustainable intensification
• Sustainable land management
• Sustainable natural resources management