How to balance land demand conflicts to guarantee sustainable land development

iScience. 2023 Apr 11;26(5):106641. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.106641. eCollection 2023 May 19.


Severe arable land loss and ecological problems raise attention to protect/develop land for food and ecology demand. Spatial conflict appears in front of multidemand for urbanization, food, and ecology. Our study took China as an example and explicitly outlined spatial preference of urbanization, food, and ecology. From the aspect of land amount, there are enough lands to support multidemand with a surplus of agriculture land of 45.5 × 106 ha. However, spatial conflict widely appears among the multidemands. We tested the impacts of different priorities on urban pattern, crop yield, and ecology and found the priority of food > ecology > urbanization gave the best outcome. Our results verified the importance of including priority of land multidemand to avoid confusion and increase efficiency in the implementation of land policies.

PMID:37192976 | PMC:PMC10182322 | DOI:10.1016/j.isci.2023.106641


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