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This report proposes a system of quality of life indicators and identifies policy options to advance sustainability in the Pearl River Delta, a region of Guangdong Province in southeastern China. The report focuses on land use and transportation goals and strategies, with additional analysis of policies related to the environment, housing, and economic development.
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This report proposes a set of land use and transportation goals and strategies and an accompanying system of indicators to characterize and monitor quality of life in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) of Guangdong Province in the People's Republic of China. Goals, strategies, and indicators are also developed in less detail for the environment, housing, and economic development policy areas. The purpose of the indicator system is to provide an analytical foundation for guiding policy choices that strike a balance between meeting residents' needs and at the same time attracting new employers and employees to the region. The indicator system is designed to be flexible enough to work at the provincial, municipal, and district/county levels of government. Indicators are placed within a decision framework that first defines regional challenges, policy goals to meet those challenges, and strategies to address policy goals. The report identifies 12 challenges and proposes 21 goals and 53 strategies to address the challenges, as well as a set of 85 indicators to monitor progress. The authors prioritize strategies based on their likely impact on progress toward goals, degree of difficulty, and time required to put the strategy in place.
Implementation of the indicator system will require several years and periodic updating after that to keep it fresh and relevant to Guangdong's needs. Although strategies will be implemented at the provincial and local levels by multiple agencies, central oversight and maintenance of the indicator system will be crucial to its success. RAND recommends a cross-agency and cross-government council approach with a single agency lead.
Context for Improving Quality of Life in the Pearl River Delta
Measuring and Monitoring Quality of Life
Pilot Resident Survey in Pingshan New District
Implementation of the Indicator System and Strategies
Pingshan Survey Interviews, by Community
Pingshan Survey Questions and Aggregated Response Frequencies
Summary of Findings from Pingshan Resident Satisfaction Survey
Summary of Indicators and Data Availability
Priorities for Implementation of Strategies
The research reported here was conducted in the Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program, a part of RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.
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