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Structural Equation Model into Interaction Mechanism between Forest Industry and Ecology with Environmental Mediator Introduced

  1. College of Economics and Management/System Engineering Institute for Environment and Development, Nanjing Forest University, Nanjing 210037, China
Version 1 : Received: 18 November 2016 / Approved: 18 November 2016 / Online: 18 November 2016 (10:01:42 CET)

How to cite: Liao, B.; Zhang, Z.; Liu, C.; Wu, Y. Structural Equation Model into Interaction Mechanism between Forest Industry and Ecology with Environmental Mediator Introduced. Preprints 2016, 2016110097 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0097.v1). Liao, B.; Zhang, Z.; Liu, C.; Wu, Y. Structural Equation Model into Interaction Mechanism between Forest Industry and Ecology with Environmental Mediator Introduced. Preprints 2016, 2016110097 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0097.v1).

Abstract

By introducing environmental mediator, for avoiding randomness in selecting indicators and subjectivity in deciding interaction path coefficients to reveal interaction mechanism among forest industry, ecology and environmental capacity, structural Pressure–State–Impact–Response (PSIR) and quantitative Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) are utilized with data on thirty–one provinces of China. We can find that: (i) forest industry has a negative influence on ecology, whereas ecology has a positive influence on industry; (ii) the destructive influence that industry has on ecology is much greater than the positive effect ecology has on industry; and (iii) environmental capacity plays a partial mediating role between industry and ecology. According to these results we can conclude that: (i) forest industry and ecology are not in a symbiotic relationship and have not reached a level of ecological security; (ii) the interaction between industry and ecology is in a period of transition from antagonistic to beneficial; and (iii) industry dominates ecology. However, we prospect the following advice: (i) methods of forest industry should be changed; (ii) new modes of industrial integration and circular economy should be developed; and (iii) the ability of the environment to sustain itself should be enhanced. The level of forest ecological security to discuss the symbiotic mechanism of industry and ecology will propose to be measured in future.

Subject Areas

forest industry and ecology; environmental capacity; interaction mechanism; SEM; PSIR

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