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Identifying hotspots and management of critical ecosystem services in rapidly urbanizing Yangtze River Delta Region, China

Cai, Wenbo; Gibbs, David; Zhang, Lang; Ferrier, Graham; Cai, Yongli

Authors

Wenbo Cai

Lang Zhang

Graham Ferrier

Yongli Cai

Abstract

Rapid urbanization has altered many ecosystems, causing a decline in many ecosystem services, generating serious ecological crisis. To cope with these challenges, we presented a comprehensive framework comprising five core steps for identifying and managing hotspots of critical ecosystem services in a rapid urbanizing region. This framework was applied in the case study of the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) Region. The study showed that there was large spatial heterogeneity in the hotspots of ecosystem services in the region, hotspots of supporting services and regulating services aggregately distributing in the southwest mountainous areas while hotspots of provisioning services mainly in the northeast plain, and hotspots of cultural services widespread in the waterbodies and southwest mountainous areas. The regionalization of the critical ecosystem services was made through the hotspot analysis. This study provided valuable information for environmental planning and management in a rapid urbanizing region and helped improve China's ecological redlines policy at regional scale.

Publication Date Apr 15, 2017
Journal Journal of Environmental Management
Print ISSN 0301-4797
Electronic ISSN 1095-8630
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 191
Pages 258-267
Institution Citation Cai, W., Gibbs, D., Zhang, L., Ferrier, G., & Cai, Y. (2017). Identifying hotspots and management of critical ecosystem services in rapidly urbanizing Yangtze River Delta Region, China. Journal of environmental management, 191, 258-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.01.003
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.01.003
Keywords Ecosystem services; Hotspot; Rapid urbanization; Yangtze River Delta Region
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479717300038
Copyright Statement ©2018, Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Identifying hotspots and management of critical ecosystem services in rapidly urbanizing Yangtze River Delta Region, China; Journal Title: Journal of Environmental Management; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.01.003; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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