Rapid urbanization and rapid urban growth present great challenges to the sustainable utilization of land resources. This paper discusses the on-going process of construction-to-ecological land conversion (CELC) in terms of three aspects: land use, environmental effects, and system responses. CELC is compared to other current land conversion strategies in China. Taking Shenzhen City as an example, this paper introduces five areas in which CELC has been implemented since 2009, including basic farmland protection zones, mining areas, ecological corridors, inefficient industrial zones, and urban villages. This paper argues that Shenzhen's CELC model can improve the ecological environment, control urban sprawl, and promote sustainable land use and, thus, serve as an example for other cities in China.
Peng, Y., Qian, J., Ren, F., Zhang, W., & Du, Q. (2016). Sustainability of land use promoted by construction-to-ecological land conversion: A case study of Shenzhen City, China. Sustainability (Switzerland), 8(7). https://doi.org/10.3390/su8070671