PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2004, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (2): 43-50.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2004.02.006

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Analysis of Human Driving Forces Underlying Land Use Conversion in Coastal Developed Regions: ——A Case Study of Wenzhou City

WANG Yuhua1,2, LIU Yansui1, ZHOU Yinghua1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Research, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101;
    2. College of Water Conservancy and Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083
  • Received:2003-11-01 Revised:2004-02-01 Online:2004-03-25 Published:2004-03-25


The transformation of land use change and its driving mechanism have been a hot topic in the existing studies of land science. It has been commonly recognized that human factor is the major driving force underlying the regional land use change. Based on the data collected through documentary research and field observation, this paper shows that since 1990s, land use change in Wenzhou City has displayed such important features as decline of cultivated land area, water area increase, and fluctuation of unutilized land. The main driving forces in Wenzhou City are found to be regulation of governmental policy, urbanization process and economic stimulus. They coexist and intertwine with each other but have distinctive channels of impact. Through this case study, the authors suggest that in regulating regional transformation of land use, attention should be paid more to the specificity in the concrete regional context in which human driving forces are articulated together to effect land use change.

Key words: human driving forces, land use conversion, Wenzhou City