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Regional Sustainability

Authors

Lingxiao Sun, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China b University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijin, 100049, China c Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, 16225, Germany
Xiang Yu, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China c Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, 16225, Germany
Boshan Li, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China d Research Center for Ecology and Environment of Central Asia, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China
Haiyan Zhang, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China b University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijin, 100049, China c Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, 16225, Germany
Dong Sha, e Turpan Agriculture Service Center, Turpan, 838000, China
Yao Wang, e Turpan Agriculture Service Center, Turpan, 838000, China
Jiaqiang Lei, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China f State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China
Yang Yu, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China b University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijin, 100049, China f State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, ChinaFollow
Martin Welp, c Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, 16225, Germany
Ruide Yu, a Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, China b University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijin, 100049, China f State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, 830011, ChinaFollow

Abstract

Analyzing the sustainable development of a given region can provide an important reference and guide for future orientation. The study selects Turpan (including Gaochang District, Shanshan County, and Toksun County) in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of Northwest China as the study area and first investigates the essence of regional sustainable development. Based on the relevant data of the population, economy, and environment of Turpan from 2002 to 2018, we constructed an evaluation index system for three dimensions, namely, the population, economy, and environment, and analyzed them systematically. Specifically, we quantitatively calculated the comprehensive evaluation index, coupling degree, and coupling coordination degree of the sustainable development system of the study area. The study finds that Turpan has become increasingly sustainable and orderly; the development level has continually improved from near imbalance to positive coordination. During the study period, the government has adopted appropriate models and paths to promote positive interactions among the population, economy, and environment based on engineering techniques and ecological means. The results show that the coupling coordination degree has increased from 0.3692 to 0.8894 during the period 2002–2018, which reflects the actual situation of Turpan and indicates that the proposed analysis method can effectively measure and evaluate the level of sustainable development in this region. Moreover, the study also puts forward main functional zoning of Turpan (i.e., Gaochang District as an optimized development zone, Shanshan County as a major agricultural production zone, and Toksun County as a key ecological function zone) and regional planning principles based on the population, economic, and environmental coupling analysis for the three jurisdictions in Turpan.

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