Determination Factors for the Spatial Distribution of Forest Cover: A Case Study of China’s Fujian Province

Jiayun Dong, Congyi Zhou, Wenyuan Liang, Xu Lu*

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Abstract

Understanding the determination factors of the spatial distribution of forest cover is crucial for global forest governance. This study contributed a nuanced case, focusing on the determination factors for the spatial distribution of forest cover in Fujian Province, China, in 2020. In order to achieve this, a high-resolution GIS-based data set was used, and spatial auto-correlation and geographic detector approaches were adopted. Three findings are presented in the results. First, the spatial distribution of forest cover is affected by natural conditions. In regions with more precipitation, higher altitude, or cooler temperatures, forest cover is higher. The relationship between the spatial distribution of forest cover and slope is an inverted-U shape. Second, socioeconomic factors have a greater explanatory capacity. In particular, regions with dense populations or roads have less forest cover. Third, there is an inverted-U-shaped relationship between the spatial distribution of forest cover and GDP per capita. With the growth of GDP per capita, forest cover is first positive, but subsequently negative. The results indicate that natural factors could shape the spatial distribution of forest cover, while socioeconomic factors could play a more significant role in the spatial distribution of forest cover.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2070
JournalForests
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • driving factors
  • forest spatial distribution
  • geographic detector

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