JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (1): 87-102.doi: 10.31497/zrzyxb.20210106

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The coupling relationship and spatial characteristics analysis between ecological civilization construction and urbanization in the Yellow River Economic Belt

GE Shi-shuai(), ZENG Gang(), YANG Yang, HU Hao   

  1. Center for Modern Chinese City Studies, School of City and Regional Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2020-07-21 Revised:2020-11-25 Online:2021-01-28 Published:2021-03-28
  • Contact: ZENG Gang;


To explore the sustainability of regional development, on the basis of the system coupling collaborative evaluation system, a comprehensive index system suitable for large regions and multi-cities is constructed, which can evaluate the construction of ecological civilization and urbanization. With the help of this index system, the ecological civilization construction and the coupling and coordinated development of urbanization in 80 cities at and above the Yellow River Economic Belt from 2008 to 2016 were evaluated from two dimensions of time and space. Then, the exploratory spatial data analysis method is used to analyze the spatial pattern and spatial relation characteristics of the coupling coordination level in the research area. The empirical results show that: (1) From 2008 to 2016, the ecological civilization construction in the Yellow River Economic Belt did not achieve significant results, and the pressure was still very high, which proves the necessity and urgency of ecological protection and high-quality development in the Yellow River Basin. The overall urbanization had improved, but the entire development rate was still too slow. There was no obvious leading city in both aspects, and the spatial difference was distinct. (2) From 2008 to 2016, the ecological civilization construction and urbanization in the cities of the Yellow River Economic Belt were in a low degree of coupling, the coordination degree was slightly unbalanced, and the ecological civilization construction generally lagged behind the urbanization development. The spatial pattern was characterized by obvious spatial heterogeneity and administrative orientation. (3) The coordination degree of ecological civilization and urbanization in the research area showed a certain spatial dependence and spatial connection, and the coordination degree showed a certain spatial spillover effect, and the geographical adjacent areas were more susceptible to the influence of regions with high coordination degree.

Key words: Yellow River Economic Belt, ecological civilization, urbanization, coupling coordination model