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Sustainability Dynamics of Traditional Villages: A Case Study in Qiannan Prefecture, Guizhou, China

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College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China, No. 27, Zhongguancun, Nandajie, Beijing 100081, China
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UCL Department of Geography, University College London, Pearson Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 314; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010314
Received: 5 December 2019 / Revised: 22 December 2019 / Accepted: 26 December 2019 / Published: 31 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Rapid urbanization has greatly changed traditional villages in rural areas of China. This paper aims to assess sustainability and obtain its spatio–temporal dynamics, analyze the cause of sustainability changing conditions, and offer suggestions on the sustainable development of traditional villages. We integrated human disturbances into a minimum cumulative resistance (MCR) model based on land use, landscape patterns, and ecosystem service (ES) provision in order to evaluate the sustainability dynamics of traditional villages between 1995 and 2015 in the Qiannan Prefecture, China. The results showed that pronounced declines in sustainability were limited to the northern and eastern regions, where the degradation of forest ecosystems and the rapid increase in construction land have resulted in landscape fragmentation and ES decline. We suggest that scientific land use development plans and ecological restoration should be implemented to protect the ecosystem and improve the sustainability of traditional villages in Qiannan Prefecture. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability assessment; landscape pattern; ecosystem services; human disturbance sustainability assessment; landscape pattern; ecosystem services; human disturbance
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Xiao, Y.; Zhao, J.; Sun, S.; Guo, L.; Axmacher, J.; Sang, W. Sustainability Dynamics of Traditional Villages: A Case Study in Qiannan Prefecture, Guizhou, China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 314.

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