Original Articles

Spatial Values of Coastal Environments and Its Policy Implications in Tianjin, China

  • 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Sino- France Centre for Urban, Regional and Planning Studies / Department of Urban and Regional Planning Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China;
    3. National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Yokosuka, 239- 0826, Japan

Received date: 2008-02-01

  Revised date: 2008-06-01

  Online published: 2008-09-25


In the past years, large - scale coastal development accompanied by water pollution, excessive industrial development, and marine land reclamation have seriously degraded the natural environment and ecosystem of costal areas in China. To solve these problems, it is deemed extremely important to balance coastal development with the preservation of environment and ecosystem by effective policies. This study addressed the above issue with a case study of Tianjin. With a policy choice experiment approach, the willingness to pay of coastal residents was analyzed toward various policies leading to environmental improvement, disaster prevention, and economic development. Accordingly, the values of coastal environments were quantitatively identified, together with their differentiations across geographical, socio- economic and psychological spaces. The results provided significant insights for the policies of coastal management in that, it helps to determine the main strategies of coastal development in specific areas and provides valuable research bases for the policy- making of ecological and environmental compensation.

Cite this article

GAO Xiaolu, ZHAI Guofang, . Spatial Values of Coastal Environments and Its Policy Implications in Tianjin, China[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2008 , 27(5) : 1 -11 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2008.05.001


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