Measuring regional sustainability by a coordinated development model of economy, society, and environment : a case study of Hubei province

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Abstract

Regional sustainability concerns a complex system that mainly consists of three subsystems, being the economy, society, and the environment. A complex system involves intensive interactions and correlations among its components. Therefore, the way how these components are organized to work together efficiently is of great significance to the development of a complex system. For that reason, measuring regional sustainability should not only focus on changes in each subsystem individually, but also consider the interactions and relationships among the subsystems. In this paper, we apply a modified method to assess coordinated development, which highlights the simultaneous promotions of economic grow, social well-being, and environment al conservation. By introducing the model of coordinated development, we evaluate the sustainable development of Hubei province which is a typical region in Central China. The result shows that Hubei performed poorly in coordinated development. Although the coordinated development index was consistently increasing, the speed was very slow. In a detailed analysis of the economic, societal, and environmental subsystems in Hubei, the shortage of an economic driving force was found the main cause of the poor development of Hubei Province.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning (DDSS2014), 24-27 August 2014, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
EditorsH. Timmermans
Pages131-137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameProcedia Environmental Sciences
Volume22
ISSN (Print)1878-0296

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