Urbanization strategies, rural development and land use changes in China: A multiple-level integrated assessment

Giuseppina Siciliano

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    Abstract

    This paper links urbanization strategies to changes in land use and associated impacts on rural communities and agro-ecosystems in a rural area of China. Energy, monetary and human time variables as well as information on environmental pressures, have been combined to compare different typologies of households and the metabolism of different patterns of land use from an integrated perspective. The results show that urbanization strategies, aimed at shifting the current land use and at displacing the local population, while increasing the economic efficiency is also associated with an increase in fossil energy consumption and environmental pressure, as well as a reduction of the multifunctional characteristic of the area under investigation. Based on these findings the paper also offers a critical discussion of the Chinese rural development policy arguing that the multifunctionality of rural areas should be taken into account by Chinese policy-makers and planners as a viable strategy to achieve rural development targets. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-178
    JournalLand Use Policy
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

    Keywords

    • China
    • Land use change
    • Multi-criteria analysis
    • Rural development
    • Societal metabolism
    • Urbanization

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