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Applying Ostrom’s institutional analysis and development framework to soil and water conservation activities in north-western Ethiopia
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Zerihun Nigussie, Atsushi Tsunekawa, Nigussie Haregeweyn, Enyew Adgo, Logan Cochrane, Anne Floquet, Steffen Abele Sustainable land management is of utmost importance in Ethiopia and relies on Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) measures collectively implemented by smallholders through participatory processes. This paper contributes systematic evidence on how SWC strategies are implemented and how participation is operationalized. Drawing upon inductive, qualitative research, we explore the design...
Planning under a colonial regime in Palestine: Counter planning/decolonizing the West Bank
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Maali Zeid, Salem Thawaba After the Oslo Peace Accords (1994), the West Bank, Palestine was divided into three zones as an interim agreement for establishing a Palestinian State, where Israeli control would end on the occupied region within 5 years. These zones: Zone A, under full Palestinian control, Zone B under joint control of Israeli and Palestinian authority and zone C which covers more than 60% of the West Bank area and which Israel has full control over security, planning, land administration, and...
Big data dashboards as smart decision support tools for i-cities – An experiment on stockholm
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Karima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp This study addresses the strategic governance challenges of modern smart cities from the new viewpoint of big data management. It seeks to develop and highlight a systematic methodological framework for handling multivariate big data in a smart urban decision support context in the ‘New Urban World’, so as to enhance the cities’ competitive performance through the design and development of operational urban management principles and strategies. The specific aim of this...
Cooperation in tradition or tradition in cooperation? Networks of agricultural entrepreneurs
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Cláudia Dias, Mário Franco This study aims to understand the different types of inter-organisational cooperation relationships among agricultural entrepreneurs, adopting a qualitative approach and the case study method. It analyses a case study of agricultural entrepreneurs located in an inland area of central Portugal, which is traditionally a producer of black-eyed beans and which holds a small tourist event annually to promote that product. Data were collected through interviews held with several...
Field characteristics driving farm-scale decision-making on land allocation to primary crops in high latitude conditions
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio, Lauri Jauhiainen, Jaana Sorvali, Heikki Laurila, Ari Rajala To govern better future landscape planning of high-latitude agricultural systems, it is necessary to understand fully the drivers that currently determine farmers’ land allocation to different crops. The aim of this study was to identify key farm and field characteristics that drive farmers’ land allocation, based on substantial datasets, and to benchmark findings for farmer perceptions with interviews. Focus was...
Analysing plausible futures from past patterns of land change in West Burkina Faso
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Camille Jahel, Eric Vall, Zermeño Rodriguez, Agnès Bégué, Christian Baron, Xavier Augusseau, Danny Lo Seen In a context of fast land changes due to human activity, the old “Malthus vs. Boserup” debate about human pressure on natural resources is more than ever a prevalent subject. We illustrate this debate with an example based on the Tuy Province in West Burkina Faso, which has known an important development these last fifteen years, as mainly observable in the major regression of its...
Sustainability impact assessment tools for land use policy advice: A comparative analysis of five research approaches
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Stefan Sieber, T.S. Amjath-Babu, Pytrik Reidsma, Hannes Koenig, Annette Piorr, Irina Bezlepkina, Klaus Mueller Since 2007, a range of new modeling approaches and tools have been developed for sustainability impact assessment (SIA), but a lack of universal acceptance of SIA tools in applied policy making is observed. The current article gives an overview of experiences from several European and international projects, critically reviews the selected SIA tools and then discusses a number of reasons...
Evolutionary game and simulation of management strategies of fallow cultivated land: A case study in Hunan province, China
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Hualin Xie, Wei Wang, Xinmin Zhang To achieve sustainable use of cultivated land in China, it is important to consolidate the achievements of the large-scale program to leave cultivated land fallow. However, conflicts of interest among the participants make it difficult to achieve the expected goal. In this study, we first analyze the differences in the interests of the three main participants in the process of protecting cultivated land, that is, the central government, local government, and peasants...
Is forestry really more profitable than upland farming? A historic and present day farm level economic comparison of upland sheep farming and forestry in the UK
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Ashley Hardaker There are currently 3.16 million hectares of woodland cover in the United Kingdom. At a European scale, the UK is one of the countries with the lowest woodland cover, currently extending to only 13% of the total land area of the UK, this is less than half of the European Union (EU) average of 37 per cent. A significant study carried out by Read et al. (2009) identified that UK wide there is a need to increase significantly levels of new planting and forest creation by more than 23,000ha each...
Urban centres and coastal zone definition: Which area should we manage?
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): María de Andrés, Juan M. Barragán, Marinez Scherer Coastal areas experience population growth causing impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems. Consequently, recognizing the model of coastal cities development is of great importance for coastal management. This research studies the role of urban areas being one of the main drivers of change, and uses a model for coastal zone delimitation. The methodology of analysis was applied to Santa Catarina State, on the southern coast of Brazil. The model...
Farmers’ participation in the development of land use policies for the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 71 Author(s): Adenew Taffa Ariti, Jasper van Vliet, Peter H. Verburg Farmers in Ethiopia are elementary for the implementation of land use policies. However, in order to effectively implement these policies, they need to be aware of them, and accept them accordingly. In this study we assess to what extent farmers in the Central Rift Valley are aware of prevailing land use policies in their area, to what extent they participated in the development of these policies, and how they perceive the impacts of these policies...
Editorial board
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70
Strategic planning for cultivation of fruit trees and shrubs in urban landscapes using the SWOT method: A case study for the city of Mashhad, Iran
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Fatemeh Kazemi, Leili Abolhassani, Elahe Azam Rahmati, Pegah Sayyad-Amin In urban landscape planning, using or not-using fruitful trees and shrubs as part of urban agriculture is a significant challenge. This study evaluated the important factors affecting cultivation of fruitful shrubs and trees in urban landscapes. It also utilized these factors in developing effective strategies for cultivation of these groups of plants in landscaping of the metropolitan city of Mashhad, Iran. It would be crucial for...
Fracking equity: A spatial justice analysis prototype
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Qingmin Meng Although current environmental justice analyses shed light on fracking and fracking’s environmental and public health policy, a comprehensive justice analysis framework is needed in order to cover the policy gap of fracking impacts on the total environment, communities, and sustainability. Based on a concise summary of the effects of fracking on the total environment, the society and economy, and land use, this brief communication designs a conception of fracking equity and its spatial justice...
An exploration of individual, social and material factors influencing water pollution mitigation behaviours within the farming community
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Alex Inman, Michael Winter, Rebecca Wheeler, Emilie Vrain, Andrew Lovett, Adrian Collins, Iwan Jones, Penny Johnes, Will Cleasby Diffuse pollution of watercourses from agriculture represents a complex and persistent environmental problem in the UK. This paper provides insights into why UK policy interventions have had limited success to date, drawing on the disciplines of psychology, sociology and behavioural economics to more thoroughly understand farmer attitudes and behaviours towards...
Early adoption of conservation agriculture practices: Understanding partial compliance in programs with multiple adoption decisions
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Patrick S. Ward, Andrew R. Bell, Klaus Droppelmann, Tim G. Benton Land degradation and soil erosion have emerged as serious challenges to smallholder farmers throughout Southern Africa. To combat these challenges, conservation agriculture (CA) – a suite of agricultural practices consisting of zero tillage, mulching of crop residues, and intercropping with legumes – is widely promoted as a “sustainable” package of agricultural practices. Despite the many potential benefits of CA, however...
Reconceptualising translation in agricultural innovation: A co-translation approach to bring research knowledge and practice closer together
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Julie Ingram, Janet Dwyer, Peter Gaskell, Jane Mills, Pieter de Wolf Scientific research continues to play a significant role in meeting the multiple innovation challenges in agriculture. If this role is to be fulfilled, provision needs to be made for effective translation of research outputs, where translation is understood to be the process whereby science becomes part of useful knowledge for decision making. There is increasing interest in enhancing translation in the European agricultural...
Uses of the word ‘landskap’ in Swedish municipalities’ comprehensive plans: Does the European Landscape Convention require a modified understanding?
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Ulf G. Sandström, Per Hedfors This paper examines the potential of Swedish comprehensive plans and thematic additions to such plans in the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (ELC): specifically by comparing how the word landscape is used. First, we reviewed a selection of Swedish municipal comprehensive plans by recording the use of variations of the term landscape. Second, we studied the contextual usage of these recorded variations to see if it was compatible with the seemingly holistic...
Changes in land use and land cover as a result of the failure of a mining tailings dam in Mariana, MG, Brazil
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): Uilson Ricardo Venâncio Aires, Bismarck Soares Matos Santos, Clívia Dias Coelho, Demetrius David da Silva, Maria Lúcia Calijuri The failure of the mining tailings dam in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil, was the largest disaster of its type in Brazil, generating serious environmental and socioeconomic problems. The aim of this study was to identify potential sites for the disposal of the tailings that accumulated along the watercourses affected by the dam failure in the municipalities of Mariana and...
Estimating welfare impacts where property rights are contested: methodological and policy implications
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 70 Author(s): O. Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, Jette Bredahl Jacobsen, Mahesh Poudyal, Alexandra Rasoamanana, Neal Hockley Where rights over natural resources are contested, the effectiveness of conservation may be undermined and it can be difficult to estimate the welfare impacts of conservation restrictions on local people. In particular, researchers face the dilemma of estimating respondents’ Willingness To Pay (WTP) for rights to resources, or their Willingness To Accept (WTA) compensation for foregoing these rights...

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