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Population / food / health

China's food security

European rural development

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Regional Development (in China)

Between 2003 and 2005 I was working at the General Research Division of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) - doing research on "Sustainable Rural Development (SRD)". The work was initially focused on Sustainable Regional Development in China. This was a follow-up activity to IIASA's European Rural Development Project, which was terminated by December 2002.

The main idea of the research was to analyze demographic, economic, geographical, socio-cultural, political and environmental reasons for the widening disparities in the development of rural and urban-industrial areas in China over the last 20 years. We also investigated development options for rural areas outside the traditional sectors of agriculture and forestry.

The research followed the approach of previous work on China's food security, which resulted in the publication of the ChinaFood CD-ROM and Web Site. One output of the SRD research was a Regional Analysis and Planning System for China (RAPS-China), which is a software tool for analyzing regional disparities in the economic and social development of China.

The main purpose of RAPS-China was to bridge the gap between regional development research and policy. It should facilitate the transfer of research results to politicians, planners, the media and the interested public. RAPS-China can also be used as an educational tool at the college and university level. It is a tool for data mining and explorative analyses.

Both regional researchers and planners can use RAPS-China to quickly and easily access and analyze large amounts of relevant regional development data and demonstrate their ideas or concepts to each other. Since data retrieval is extremely easy, one can use RAPS as a "background" information system on China's regional development, which can be consulted immediately during planning meetings or political debates.

Related Publications

Heilig, Gerhard K. / Fischer, G. / van Velthuizen, H. (2000):

Can China feed itself? An analysis of China's food prospects with special reference to water resources. In: The International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, Vol. 7, 153-172

Heilig, Gerhard K. (2002):

Multifunctionality of Landscapes and Ecosystem Services with Respect to Rural Development. In: Helming, K. / Wiggering, H. (Eds.): Sustainable Development of Multifunctional Landscapes. Berlin, New York (Springer Verlag)

Copyright 2012 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved.

Updated: 9 October 2013