Framework for integration of urban planning, strategic environmental assessment and ecological planning for urban sustainability within the context of China

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Title Framework for integration of urban planning, strategic environmental assessment and ecological planning for urban sustainability within the context of China
Author He, Jia; Bao, Cun-Kuan; Shu, Ting-Fei; Yun, Xiao-Xue; Jiang, Dahe; Brown, Lex
Journal Name Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Sustainable development or sustainability has been highlighted as an essential principle in urban master planning, with increasing recognition that uncontrollable urbanization may well give rise to various issues such as overexploitation of natural resources, ecosystem destruction, environmental pollution and large-scale climate change. Thus, it is deemed necessary to modify the existing urban and regional administrative system so as to cope with the challenges urban planning is being confronted with and realize the purpose of urban sustainability. This paper contributed to proposing a mechanism which helps to make urban planning with full consideration of issues with respect to sustainable development. We suggested that the integration of urban planning, SEA and ecological planning be a multi-win strategy to offset deficiency of each mentioned political tool being individually applied. We also proposed a framework where SEA and ecological planning are fully incorporated into urban planning, which forms a two-way constraint mechanism to ascertain environmental quality of urban planning, although in practice, planning and SEA processes may conditionally be unified. Moreover, as shown in the case study, the integration of the three political tools may be constrained due to slow changes in the contextual factors, in particular the political and cultural dimensions. Currently within the context of China, there may be three major elements which facilitate integration of the three political tools, which are (1) regulatory requirement of PEIA on urban planning, (2) the promotion or strong administrative support from government on eco-district building, and (3) the willingness of urban planners to collaborate with SEA experts or ecologists.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2010.09.002
Volume 31
Issue Number 6
Page from 549
Page to 560
ISSN 0195-9255
Date Accessioned 2011-01-07
Date Available 2013-05-29T08:23:24Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37512
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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