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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 133, Issue 1–3, pp 407–415 | Cite as

RETRACTED ARTICLE: Evaluation for sustainable land use in mountain areas of Northwestern Yunnan Province, China

  • Jian Peng
  • Yanglin Wang
  • Jiansheng Wu
  • Qing Chang
  • Yuan Zhang
Article

Abstract

As an important component of sustainable development in mountain areas, evaluation for sustainable land use is always one of the hotpots of researches on sustainable development. Traditional evaluation for sustainable land use mainly focuses on the sustainability of land use model and biological production on temporal scale, and overlooks the effects of land use patterns on the sustainability, while landscape ecology can be a good help to realize the spatial analysis of sustainable land use. In this study, a synthetic evaluation indexes system for sustainable land use was constructed through the application of landscape metrics. Taking Yongsheng County of Yunnan Province, China as a case study, a series of quantitative evaluation were conducted in 1996, 1999 and 2001, to monitor the temporal dynamics of regional land use sustainability. Two indicators, contributing amount of indexes, and obstacle amount of indexes, were also set up to ascertain the significance of all the evaluation indexes to the evaluation results. The results showed that, in the study phases, the land use sustainability of the whole county had been low with a stable but great spatial difference, and great changes took place in regional land use system in 1999 with the deviation from the aim of sustainable land use. It also showed that, the most important indexes contributing for the land use sustainability in the study period, were the indexes of population density and land use degree, followed by the index of landscape diversity and cropping index. And the most important indexes counteracting the land use sustainability were the indexes of per unit area total production value of industry and agriculture, per unit area yield of cereal crops, landscape fragmentation, followed by the indexes of per unit area yield of economic crops and fertilizer consume per unit area.

Keywords

Evaluation for sustainable land use Contributing amount of indexes Obstacle amount of indexes Mountain areas Northwestern Yunnan Province of China 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Peng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yanglin Wang
    • 2
  • Jiansheng Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qing Chang
    • 2
  • Yuan Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Center of Digital City and Urban Landscape, Shenzhen Graduate SchoolPeking UniversityShenzhenChina
  2. 2.College of Environmental SciencesPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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