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Ecosystem service value evaluation method for local-oriented rural water ecological governance: A case study on Shuiku Village in Shanghai

Nannan Dong1* Luca Maria Francesco Fabris2 Yongnan Wang3 Xinyue Chen4
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1 Department of Landscape Studies, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
2 Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
3 Department of Landscape Studies, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
4 Faculty of Environmental Science, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, Netherlands
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2023, 5(3), 1055
Submitted: 7 June 2023 | Accepted: 2 August 2023 | Published: 22 August 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reshaping Rural China)
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) ( )

Ecosystem service assessments play a crucial role in highlighting the importance of ecosystems in human life and guiding regional planning processes. This study examines the significance of rural ecosystems and their diverse ecological services, ranging from agricultural productivity to water purification and esthetic value. At present, the ecological restoration of rural riparian zones in China mainly relies on engineering standards as reference guidelines, lacking responses to surrounding land use patterns (including diverse ecological functional requirements) at the planning and design level. This paper proposes 17 assessment indicators for ecosystem services based on a case analysis of Shuiku Village in Shanghai. Through the evaluation of the supply-demand relationship of ecosystem services in the water network rural riparian zone, the paper suggests feasible restoration approaches based on a comprehensive evaluation of the ecological status to address the diverse needs of rural water ecosystems. The result indicated that using an ecosystem services evaluation framework can provide more precise analysis at a small scale.

Rural landscape
Ecological restoration
Key Laboratory of Ecology and Energy-saving Study of Dense Habitat, Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design institute Co. Ltd, has launched a joint open research project in 2022. The project, titled “Key Technologies for Precise Planning of Rural Ecological Restoration Supported by Digital Tools,” is identified as KY-2022-LH-A05.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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