Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2019, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (1): 39-47.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764X.2019.01.005

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Relationship of Ecological Well-being Performance and Sustainable Economic Development in Liaoning Province

ZHANG Hua, YU Miao, SUN Cuiyang, LIU Jiangang*()   

  1. School of Urban and Environmental, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, Liaoning 116029, China
  • Received:2018-07-21 Accepted:2018-09-30 Online:2019-01-28 Published:2019-01-28
  • Contact: LIU Jiangang
  • Supported by:
    Natioanl Natural Science Foundation of China (41271064);Educational Committee Foundation of Liaoning (L201783640);PhD Research Startup Foundation of Liaoning University (BS2018L014)


Liaoning Province is in a critical period of economic transformation. The rational utilization of ecological resources and the balance of the relationship between the resource environment and economic growth have become the key factors affecting its sustainable economic development. This paper uses data from the Human Development Index and an ecological footprint to construct the ecological well-being performance of Liaoning Province from 2006 to 2016. It then examines the relationship of ecological well-being performance with economic growth, considers the factors influencing the well-being level effect, and analyzes the trends for sustainable economic development from the perspective of ecological well-being. There is a horizontal comparison of the current situation of ecological well-being performance in Liaoning Province and with other coastal provinces in China and clarification of the stage and development gap. The conclusions show that: 1) The trend of ecological well-being performance in Liaoning Province during this period first decreased and then rose, with this movement mainly affected by changes in the ecological footprint; 2) There is a U-shaped relationship between ecological well-being performance and economic growth, and resource consumption contributes less to promote well-being; 3) There are three stages to the sustainable development trend: inferior, medium and advanced. When compared with others coastal provinces, Liaoning Province belongs to the high consumption and low well-being type.

Key words: Liaoning Province, ecological well-being performance, sustainable development, logarithmic mean divisia index