PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2014, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (10): 1405-1413.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2014.10.012

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Impact of land conversion on rural systems in typical agricultural counties of eastern plain area, China

Fang FANG1,2(), Yansui LIU2(), Yurui LI2, Haoguang LIANG1   

  1. 1. Institute of Economics, Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Online:2014-10-25 Published:2014-10-25


Revealing the relationship between land conversion and rural development is necessary for the healthy and integrated development of urban and rural areas. Taking two typical agricultural counties in the eastern plain area of Shandong Province, China as study cases, this article dissects the impact of land conversion on rural systems through the analysis of evolution of land conversion and rural system at different socioeconomic development stages. The results show that: (1) with the change of county economic development from low to advanced stage, the scale and ratio of land conversion increased, while the overall development trend of the rural systems was positive, with increasing comprehensive rural development index (E) values from 0.295 to 0.798 and 0.197 to 0.700 between 2000 and 2008 in Yucheng City(county-level city) and Huantai County, respectively, with fluctuations in some years; (2) the extent of impact of land conversion on rural system changed from weak to strong gradually, and the increased ratio of land conversion led to dramatic changes of some elements of the rural systems. Among these, the sensitivity of the rural economic and social subsystems to land conversion was relatively high compared to the environmental and resource subsystem. The focus of controlling land conversion and rural transformation in plain agricultural area is to build the protection mechanism for rural population transfer and the economies of scale of farmland management, regulate land use planning and management, and improve the capacity of influence of counties

Key words: land conversion, rural system, evolution, plain agricultural area, county

CLC Number: 

  • F301.2