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Living in the Safe Operating Space: A Sustainability Assessment Tool for Zhangye City in Gansu Province, China (Oasis Unit 2015)

Last updated October 01, 2015

 

Oasis

 

Aim and Contents

safe operating space is defined as the capacity in which human socioeconomic development can continue without sacrificing ecological sustainability in a given society. In order to develop an assessment tool for capturing the current sustainability status of Zhangye, we examine five regional ecological boundaries in the middle reach of Heihe River Basin: freshwater use, biogeochemical flow, air pollution, land-use change, and novel entities. Based on the economic data related to the City’s 5-Year Plan and information gained from interviews to nearly sixty farmers across the city, our tool lets Zhangye city planners estimate the local sustainability status and provides them with a guideline for sustainable development.

--Norrie Furukawa, Master Student, GPSS-GLI 

 

Keywords of contents

Zhangye, Heihe River, Planetary Boundary, Agriculture, Sustainable Development

 

Time and Place

Gansu Province, China (August 1-14, 2015) 

 

Collaborating partners/ organisations

  • Sophia University, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies 
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology 
  • Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Water Management Authority, Zhangye City, Gansu Province, China

 

Related faculty members

  • Guangwei Huang, Professor, Sophia University
  • Anne McDonald, Professor, Sophia University
  • Masachika Suzuki, Professor, Sophia University
  • Hidehiro Kamiya, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Masaaki Hosomi, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Koki Toyota, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Yoichi Tominaga, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Hisako Umemura, Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Eiji Yamaji, Professor, GPSS-GLI
  • Tomohiro Akiyama, Assistant Professor, GPSS-GLI
  • Izumi Ikeda, Academic Staff, GPSS-GLI
  • Xin Li, Professor, CAREERI
  • Jian Wang, Professor, CAREERI
  • Tao Che, Professor, CAREERI
  • Liying Geng, Assistant Professor, CAREERI

 

Outcome

Policy recommendations and proposals for sustainable development in Zhangye, Gansu Province, China. 

 

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