Resources Science ›› 2020, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (3): 433-445.doi: 10.18402/resci.2020.03.03

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Relationship between river basin economic system opening-up and sustainable development:International experiences and implications for the Yellow River Basin high-quality development

LIU Shuguang1,2, XU Yujie1(), WANG Jiayi1   

  1. 1.School of Economics, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China
    2.KRI Institute of Marine Development, Qingdao 266100, China
  • Received:2019-12-26 Revised:2020-02-26 Online:2020-03-25 Published:2020-05-25
  • Contact: XU Yujie


The world’s major river basins witnessed the history of the development of human economic division of labor. Today’s global environmental changes and economic integration have a profound impact on the relationship between the opening-up of river basin economic systems and their sustainable development. Through a regional economic geography analysis guided by modern systems science methods, this study conducted case descriptions and indicator comparisons of selected international river basins in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa. The findings show that the opening-up factors have a complex effect on the operational parameters of the economic systems of the river basins, which leads to the diversification of the pattern and development path of the economic systems of the river basins. The global river basin economic system form the benign teraction between opening-up and sustainable development through the combined action of independent opening-up, innovation, coordination, adaption and sharing, which can provide the Yellow River Basin with experiences for realizing high- quality sustainable.

Key words: river basin economic system, opening-up factor, sustainable development, international experiences, Yellow River Basin