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Changes in the Ecological Footprint of Rural Populations in the Taihang Mountains, China
Xiao, Xingyuan1,2; Hu, Minyue1; Tan, Minghong2,3; Li, Xiubin2,4; Li, Wei2,4
2018-10-01
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume10Issue:10Pages:13
Corresponding AuthorTan, Minghong(tanmh@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractDue to massive rural-urban migration, population size and age structure are subject to significant changes in the mountainous areas of China. This can influence the ecological pressure of the mountainous areas correspondingly. In particular, large numbers of young laborers migrate from rural areas, which may greatly decrease the intensity of local human activities. However, it is still unclear how population changes (size and age structure) affect environmental changes and how to measure these changes. We analyzed changes in the ecological footprint (EF) in the Taihang Mountain region in northern China using field survey data. From 2000 to 2016, the population size in the study area decreased by 9.7%, while the EF declined by 32.1%. The EF per capita (EF_per) decreased more rapidly with decreasing elevation, which indicated that at lower elevations, households were less dependent on local resources. For households with more elderly people, the EF_per was considerably lower than for other households in 2000. However, in 2016, this was not the case, and the households with a share of the working-age population between 50-75% had the lowest EF_per. Our study is of great practical significance for reasonably guiding population migration and rural sustainable development.
Keywordrural-urban migration ecological footprint mountainous area of China age structure
DOI10.3390/su10103741
WOS KeywordURBAN MIGRATION ; LAND-USE ; VEGETATION GREENNESS ; WATER FOOTPRINT ; AREAS ; SUSTAINABILITY ; COUNTRIES ; PRESSURE ; DYNAMICS ; DRIVERS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNatural Science Foundation of China[41771116] ; National Program Key Basic Research Project of China (973 Program)[2015CB452700] ; National Key Research and Development Program of China[2016YFC0502103]
Funding OrganizationNatural Science Foundation of China ; National Program Key Basic Research Project of China (973 Program) ; National Key Research and Development Program of China
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000448559400383
PublisherMDPI
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/52525
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorTan, Minghong
Affiliation1.Shandong Univ Sci & Technol, Coll Geomat, Qingdao 266590, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Land Surface Pattern & Simulat, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Int Coll, Beijing 10049, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Resources & Environm, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Xiao, Xingyuan,Hu, Minyue,Tan, Minghong,et al. Changes in the Ecological Footprint of Rural Populations in the Taihang Mountains, China[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2018,10(10):13.
APA Xiao, Xingyuan,Hu, Minyue,Tan, Minghong,Li, Xiubin,&Li, Wei.(2018).Changes in the Ecological Footprint of Rural Populations in the Taihang Mountains, China.SUSTAINABILITY,10(10),13.
MLA Xiao, Xingyuan,et al."Changes in the Ecological Footprint of Rural Populations in the Taihang Mountains, China".SUSTAINABILITY 10.10(2018):13.
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