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Ecological Footprint Dynamics of Yunnan, China
Lu Ying; He Daming; Buchanan, Sam; Liu Jiang
Corresponding AuthorHe, DM
AbstractA fundamental element of sustainable development is that humans live within nature's biological capacity. Quantifying this, however, remains a significant challenge for which there are many emerging tools. The concept of the Ecological Footprint is one such accounting tool for comprehensive assessment of the status of sustainable development, based on integration of resource consumption and land capacity, reflecting the human impact on the environment. A region's development is defined as unsustainable when the Ecological Footprint surpasses the biological capacity. In this paper, the Ecological Footprint concept bias applied in assessing the development of Yunnan Province, China in a period between 1988 and 2006. The results showed that the Ecological Footprint per capita in Yunnan rose from 0.854 gha in 1988 to 2.11 gha in 2006. Ecological deficit, defined as when the human demand on the land surpasses the regions biological productive capacity, emerged in 1991 and quickly increased from 0.02 gha in 1991 to 1.05 gha in 2006. The increase in the ecological deficit is primarily a result of the rapid increase in population and consumption level. To achieve sustainable development in Yunnan, production and consumption rates need to be modified.
KeywordEcological Footprint Biological Capacity Ecological Deficit Sustainable Development Yunnan China
Document Type期刊论文
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2009_Vol6 No.3
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Lu Ying,He Daming,Buchanan, Sam,et al. Ecological Footprint Dynamics of Yunnan, China[J]. JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE,2009,6(3):286–292.
APA Lu Ying,He Daming,Buchanan, Sam,&Liu Jiang.(2009).Ecological Footprint Dynamics of Yunnan, China.JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE,6(3),286–292.
MLA Lu Ying,et al."Ecological Footprint Dynamics of Yunnan, China".JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE 6.3(2009):286–292.
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