PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (10): 1270-1280.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.10.009

• Special Issue: Health Geography and Human Settlement • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Regional eco-cultural health assessment based on set pair analysis:A case study of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province

Tianyi LI1(), Jian PENG1,2,*(), Yanxu LIU1, Yang YANG2, Xin CHEN2   

  1. 1. Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, Ministry of Education, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    2. Key Laboratory for Environmental and Urban Sciences, School of Urban Planning and Design, Shenzhen Graduate School, Peking University, Shenzhen 518055, Guangdong, China
  • Online:2017-10-28 Published:2017-10-28
  • Contact: Jian PENG;
  • Supported by:
    The Commonwealth Project of the Ministry of Land and Resources, No.201311001-2


Eco-cultural health (ECH) is an important indicator of the sustainable development of regional natural-ecological and social-cultural systems. Taking Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, China as a case study area, this study built an eco-cultural health assessment index system by focusing on the sustainability of the coupled ecological-cultural system. It then applied the index in the county scale evaluation through set pair analysis and information entropy methods. Status of ecological health and cultural health are jointly analyzed to conduct a corresponding strategic development zoning for the counties. The results show that, ECH in the western and northern parts of the prefecture was better than that in the eastern and southern parts. Yunlong County had the highest value of ECH, and Xiangyun County was the lowest. According to the eco-cultural health and its factors of all counties, the prefecture can be divided into four strategic development zones—eco-cultural synergistic reservation zone, eco-cultural balanced development zone, ecological restoration priority zone, and cultural development priority zone. This study may have important theoretical and practical significance in formulating a regional sustainable development strategy for the area.

Key words: eco-cultural health, set pair analysis, strategic development zoning, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture