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Urban Growth-Oriented Green Accumulation: Ecological Conservation Planning in the Shenzhen DaPeng Peninsula in Southern China

by Dan Lin
Department of Tourism Management, Shenzhen Tourism College, Jinan University, 518053 Shenzhen, China
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 104; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16010104
Received: 11 November 2018 / Revised: 24 December 2018 / Accepted: 27 December 2018 / Published: 2 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Ecosystem Services)
Neoliberal conservation has recently become a topic of academic research and a method of practice within the context of globalization. Less attention has been given to how neoliberal conservation has been practiced at the urban scale. This paper draws on the concept of ‘urban-growth-oriented green grabbing’ to capture the multidimensionality of the reasoning and process of ecological conservation in an urban growth context. It focuses on two ecological spatial protection plans for the DaPeng Peninsula in the city of Shenzhen, China. Through empirical investigation, this article traces the political economy of these plans and draws out the insights they offer regarding theories of urban environmentalism. The empirical results show that the ecological conservation plans are best understood as ‘green grabbing’ that has been achieved by land transfer and spatial interest redistribution. Conceptually, the paper provides further evidence of the process of neoliberal conservation within the urban context. View Full-Text
Keywords: neoliberal conservation; urban growth; green grabbing; local peasants; DaPeng Peninsula; China neoliberal conservation; urban growth; green grabbing; local peasants; DaPeng Peninsula; China
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