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Journal of Arid Land  2017, Vol. 9 Issue (3): 446-457    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-017-0098-z
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Degree of coupling and coordination of eco-economic system and the influencing factors: a case study in Yanchi County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China
Huiling LU1, Lihua ZHOU1,2,*(), Yong CHEN1, Yiwei AN1, Caixia HOU1
1 Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
2 Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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Based on the statistical data, we analyzed and evaluated the degree of coupling and coordination of the eco-economic system in Yanchi County for the period spanning from 1983 to 2014. The eco-economic system can be divided into socioeconomic and ecological sub-systems and their relationship can reveal the interaction state between the two sub-systems and help the local government to establish a coordinated development mode. An index system was constructed to assess the development of the two sub-systems before the evaluation of the degree of coupling and coordination. The principal component regression analysis was adopted to quantitatively assess the influences of natural, economic and social factors on the degree of coupling and coordination of the eco-economic system. Results showed that, from 1983 to 2014, the development trends of both sub-systems were increasing with the ecological sub-system having more fluctuations. The degree of coupling and coordination of the eco-economic system in the study area increased gradually from 1983 to 2014, but experienced five different development stages from the verge of disorder to favorable coordination. The development of the local social and economic conditions was the most important factor influencing the degree of coupling and coordination. The second most important factor was the financial support from the local government. In addition, the environment protection policies also played undeniable roles. Due to the diversity of the influence factors, the government should take comprehensive measures to promote the sustainable development of the eco-economic system.

Key wordsdegree of coupling and coordination      eco-economic system      ecological sub-system      socioeconomic sub-system      Yanchi County     
Received: 04 January 2016      Published: 10 May 2017
Corresponding Authors: Lihua ZHOU     E-mail:
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Huiling LU, Lihua ZHOU, Yong CHEN, Yiwei AN, Caixia HOU. Degree of coupling and coordination of eco-economic system and the influencing factors: a case study in Yanchi County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China. Journal of Arid Land, 2017, 9(3): 446-457.

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