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Report on China’s Eco-City Development

  • Weiping SunEmail author
  • Juke Liu
  • Dingjun Wang
Part of the Research Series on the Chinese Dream and China’s Development Path book series (RSCDCDP)

Abstract

China has entered a critical growth stage where the percentage of population living in urban areas is rising rapidly. Strategic considerations during rapid urbanization include reviewing the current urban development pattern, abandoning traditional approaches to urban development, seeking sustainable eco-city development approaches, and improving urban development coordination with environmental protection and resource conservation. The report to the 17th CPC National Congress clearly expressed that China will “promote a conservation culture by ensuring that industry structures, growth patterns, and consumption habits become efficient in use of energy and resources and are environmentally friendly. We will implement a large-scale circular economy and considerably increase the proportion of renewable energy sources out of total energy consumption. Major pollutant discharges will be brought under effective control and the resulting ecological and environmental quality improvements will be notable. Conservation awareness will be firmly established throughout society.” This statement adds new components to the traditional definitions of civilization and development, opens the door to a new era of sustainable development in China, and specifies new tasks and requirements for urban development and management. Urban development is changing its focus onto a better quality life, away from simple economic growth. Eco-cities have become a widely accepted model to develop toward the field of urban development in China.

Keywords

Urban Development Public Participation Chinese City Green Building Circular Economy 
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© Social Sciences Academic Press (China) and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Social DevelopmentChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Lanzhou City UniversityLanzhouChina

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