Provincial perspective analysis on the coordination between urbanization growth and resource environment carrying capacity (RECC) in China

Shiju Liao, Ya Wu, Siu Wai Wong, Liyin Shen

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China has been implementing huge scale of urbanization in the past several decades and this will continue in the coming future years. Whilst the urbanization growth has presented good benefits to social and economic development in China, it has also brought severe challenges to the resource environment carrying capacity, such as air pollution, overloaded land resources. These challenges present differently in different provinces, which leads to the disparity in development between provinces. There has been growing concern whether the urbanization growth in different provinces is coordinated with resource environment carrying capacity (RECC), but this question has not been addressed in previous studies. This paper presents a critical analysis on the coordination between urbanization growth and resources environment carrying capacity (RECC) from provincial perspective in the context of China. A measurement of coordination degree (CD) is used to measure whether and to what extent that urbanization growth and RECC are coordinated by applying coupling coordination degree model (CCDM). The research data are collected from 30 provinces in China. The results suggest that the average coordination performance among the provinces experienced a steady growth during the period of 2005-2016, but there still exists big room for improvement towards well balanced coordination performance. From provincial perspective, the good performers are mainly economically developed provinces. The findings provide valuable references for the governments at both central and local level to adopt proper policy measures where necessary to improvement the coordination performance between urbanization and RECC.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalThe Science of the total environment
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2020


  • China
  • Coordination
  • Resource environment carrying capacity
  • Urbanization growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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