Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2004, Vol. 59 ›› Issue (2): 311-319.doi: 10.11821/xb200402018

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An Analysis on Man-Land Relationship of Eastern China

ZHANG Lei, LIU Yi   

  1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2003-08-23 Revised:2003-11-19 Online:2004-03-25 Published:2004-03-25
  • Supported by:

    The Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.KCXZ2-307-01; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.90210037


As a key driving force of modern economy, the process of man-land relationship in eastern China has a decisive influence on sustainable development of both the whole country and the region itself. This paper is aiming at evaluating the general pattern of man-land relationship in eastern China through a cross-factor model, which refers to the interrelationship between regional resource-environment base (arable land, waters, minerals, forestry, and energy resources) and human activities (population growth and GDP increase). The findings of this paper could be concluded as the following: first, because of highly convergent human activities, a much more pressure on the man-land relationship of eastern China during the last 20 years has been proved when compared with both central China and western China; secondly, economic activity, rather than population growth, had a decisive influence on the highly intensified man-land relationship of eastern China; thirdly, in order to release the growing pressure on the man-land relationship of eastern China, it could be useful to reinforce the resource-environment base of eastern China itself by opening-up the region widely on the one hand, and improve the efficiency of resource-use through speeding up regional economic structure deeply on the other.

Key words: eastern China, man-land relationship, resource-environment base, human activity