Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2021, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (5): 650-657.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2021.05.008

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Assessing the Health of Inland Wetland Ecosystems over Space and Time in China

YAO Yunxiao(), WANG Wen*(), YANG Wenting, ZHANG Qihao   

  1. School of Environment and Nature Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
  • Received:2020-10-12 Accepted:2021-02-25 Online:2021-09-30 Published:2021-11-30
  • Contact: WANG Wen
  • About author:YAO Yunxiao, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    Ministry of Education Focus on Humanities and Social Science Research Base(17JJD910001)


Wetland is a unique natural landscape pattern, which provides a variety of important functions and services for human societies. With the rapid develop of the economy and accelerated urbanization, the inland wetlands are faced with series of problems, including reduced area, weakened wetland functions, and deterioration of the wetland ecosystem environment. Therefore, it is necessary to quantitatively assess the ecological health of China’s inland wetlands, which is key to the sustainable development of ecosystems. However, most assessments of wetland ecosystems only examine single wetlands or watershed wetlands, and there are few assessments of wetland health at the national level. In this paper, based on land cover data, climate data, and social and economic data, an assessment system of inland wetland health is established by using the Pressure-State-Effect-Response (PSER) model, which includes 15 assessment indicators. Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was used to define the indicator weights. Then we assessed the ecosystem health of the inland wetlands of China in 2010 and 2018, which produced three main results. (1) Unlike ecosystem health evaluated by administrative districts, wetland ecosystem health (WEH) evaluation based on the grid could provide additional details of wetland health. (2) The area of inland wetlands increased by 16328 km 2 in 2018 compared to 2010, and the average wetland ecosystem health index in 2018 was 3.45, compared to an index value of 3.24 in 2010. (3) In 2018, wetlands in the better, good, moderate and poor conditions represented about 26.3%, 46.4%, 26.9% and 0.5% of the total, respectively. These results provide a practical guide for protecting and managing wetland system resources and reliable information for land use planning and development.

Key words: wetland, ecosystem health, Pressure-State-Effect-Response, AHP