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Are municipal land use plans keeping pace with global climate change?
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Mark R. Stevens, Maged Senbel Published research on municipal climate change plans to date has been strictly cross-sectional: it reveals the status of plans at particular points in time, but does not examine whether and how plans are evolving over time to keep pace with our understanding of climate change. We build on a 2011 study of plans in the Canadian province of British Columbia by examining updated versions of those plans as of 2015. We find that the climate change content in the plans did not change...
On the origins of tourist urbanisation in Greece: Land speculation and property market (in)efficiency
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Nikolaos Triantafyllopoulos This paper places issues of land speculation and property market efficiency within the limited geographical context of a tourist-agglomeration development process in the island of Rhodes, Greece. The study is based mainly on the elaboration of diachronic cadastral data, covering the period from the very beginning of the tourism development in what as of a formerly an agricultural area, until its establishment as an international mass tourist destination. The economic and financial...
Incorporating the effect of urbanization in measuring climate adaptive capacity
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Andrea Chu, Ying-Chen Lin, Pei-Te Chiueh Measuring the ability of a community to face climatic changes, or its adaptive capacity, is necessary in order to plan and guide development as the global climate continues to warm. One factor that has not been thoroughly addressed by previous attempts at measuring adaptive capacity is urbanization. This study looks to measure adaptive capacity in relation to urbanization, as many areas of the world are undergoing this rapid transition. An indicator system was...
Connecting smallholder farmers to local markets: Drivers of collective action, land tenure and food security in East Chad
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Stefano Corsi, Laura Viviana Marchisio, Luigi Orsi The paper deals with the drivers influencing smallholder farmers’ access to local markets in developing countries, assuming that collective actions along with food security and land tenure are related and interconnected aspects that could facilitate market access. Data were collected in 26 Chadian villages in the Sila region; 98 questionnaires were submitted to peanut and sesame farmers belonging to associations. An ordered logistic regression was...
Identifying beliefs underlying successors’ intention to take over the farm
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Manoela Morais, Erlaine Binotto, João Augusto Rossi Borges The youth out-migration of rural areas, the ageing of farmer population and the lack of a successor within the farm family imply some drawbacks for rural development and for a more sustainable agriculture. This study used the reasoned action approach (RAA) to identify the beliefs underlying Brazilian successors’ intention to take over the farm. The RAA hypothesizes that successors’ intention to take over the farm is determined by three...
Generic land registry and cadastre data model supporting interoperability based on international standards for Turkey
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Arif Cagdas Aydinoglu, Rabia Bovkir Managing land information effectively is a key factor in achieving successful land administration and sustainable land development. To manage land, each government has a land policy and administration system. A land administration system (LAS) enables identification, registration and sharing of information about land in compliance with land policies by using information technologies effectively. In this context, land information systems (LISs) are designed to fulfill the...
Farmer participation in a climate-smart future: Evidence from the Kenya agricultural carbon market project
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Jean Lee Smallholder agricultural carbon market projects have potential to achieve climate-smart agriculture (CSA), a “triple-win” for food security, climate change mitigation, and adaptation. Farmer participation is critical for achieving widespread impact, yet their adoption of sustainable land management practices is constrained by eligibility, willingness, and ability to participate. This research examines how the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project enabled smallholder participation, with results...
Cultivated land productivity potential improvement in land consolidation schemes in Shenyang, China: assessment and policy implications
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Guanghui Jiang, Ruijuan Zhang, Wenqiu Ma, Dingyang Zhou, Xinpan Wang, Xin He Cultivated land productivity potential improvement (CLPPI) assessment is the fundamental basis to launch land consolidation, which is one of the most important way to increase the grain productive capacity. Previous studies on CLPPI assessment have focused on factors related to natural conditions of cultivated land, but they ignored the impacts of utilization conditions, including plot characteristics and agricultural...
Understanding property market operations from a dual institutional perspective: The case of Lagos, Nigeria
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Alirat Olayinka Agboola, David Scofield, Abdul-Rasheed Amidu This paper examines the Nigeria Land Use Act and considers how provisions of the Act inform and influence traditional landholding systems, the operation of the commercial real estate market, and the activities of the “omo-onile.” The research adopts a qualitative strategy and combines analysis of legal statute with in-depth, semi-structured interviews with market participants active in different capacities within the land and property...
Spatial analysis of grey water in Italian cereal crops production
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): A. Cartone, N. Casolani, L. Liberatore, P. Postiglione Explorative spatial data analysis (ESDA) is a set of tools to emphasise spatial structure in case of localised data and widely used for testing effects in the case of environmental data. Grey water indicator is considered as a reliable water pollution indicator able to show the quality of water, useful in agriculture and crops production. In this paper, an analysis on the presence of spatial effects in the grey water indicator for crops production...
A century of change in coastal sedimentary landscapes in the Canary Islands (Spain) — Change, processes, and driving forces
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Aarón M. Santana-Cordero, Matthias Bürgi, Anna M. Hersperger, Luis Hernández-Calvento, María L. Monteiro-Quintana A global understanding of landscape dynamics, through local case studies, is a prime topic in land change science. Consequently, this approach should be urgently applied to changing and heavily transformed environments, such as coastal areas. The aim of this work is to study landscape changes, comparatively, by focusing on three coastal sedimentary landscapes in the Canary Islands...
Second homes and urban landscape patterns in Mediterranean coastal tourism destinations
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Maria Trinitat Rovira Soto, Salvador Anton Clavé This paper discusses two recurring land use issues that are conventionally accepted when analyzing most of the Mediterranean mass coastal tourism destinations: the limited role of planning and the supposedly standardized nature of the resulting landscape. Based on a specific case study in the Catalan coastline, this paper presents analytical metrics and empirical data showing that, despite the controversial nature of the resulting urbanization and contrary...
Small town urbanization in Western China: Villager resettlement and integration in Xi’an
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Zhu Qian, Jianhong Xue This paper investigates land-related resettlement and integration institutions and policies in small town urbanization from the perspective of affected villagers, focusing on their socioeconomic opportunities and life transformation. Based on the conceptual discourse on rural-urban societal differences, institutional boundaries, and resource redistribution, it examines the process and outcomes of rural villagers’ transformation under land-related local policies and the market, and...
Measuring the financial sustainability of vine landraces for better conservation programmes of Mediterranean agro-biodiversity
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Ruggiero Sardaro, Francesco Bozzo, Francesco Petrillo, Vincenzo Fucilli The Apulia region, in southern Italy, has a long tradition of vine cultivation for winemaking. However, in the last decades, regional farmers substituted local landraces with more productive non-native varieties. Regional institutions introduced regulations aimed at preventing the extinction of the local and historic ecotypes in the form of financial subsidies to reduce planting and operating costs. In this paper, we compared the...
Impacts of protected areas on local livelihoods: Evidence of giant panda biosphere reserves in Sichuan Province, China
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Wei Duan, Yali Wen Given the debates about whether Protected Areas (PAs) exacerbate local poverty or might contribute to poverty alleviation, there is a critical need for evidence to examine the impacts. In this study, we have conducted a household investigation of 560 rural households in 7 PAs of Sichuan province of China. We used matching method to value impacts of PAs on local livelihoods. The results showed that compared to the Average Treatment Effect, the results of traditional regression model...
Levelling the playing field for European Union agriculture: Does the Common Agricultural Policy impact homogeneously on farm productivity and efficiency?
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Sonia Quiroga, Cristina Suárez, Zaira Fernández-Haddad, George Philippidis Originally conceived as a post-war policy vehicle for ensuring agricultural self-sufficiency, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has evolved into a multifunctional instrument designed to satisfy a diverse portfolio of European Union (EU) policy objectives including nature protection. Notwithstanding, whilst the CAP has become more environmental and socially responsible, it is still expected to deliver an efficient farm...
Offsetting legal deficits of native vegetation among Brazilian landholders: Effects on nature protection and socioeconomic development
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Flavio Luiz Mazzaro de Freitas, Gerd Sparovek, Ulla Mörtberg, Semida Silveira, Israel Klug, Göran Berndes The Brazilian native vegetation supports essential ecosystem services and biodiversity for the global society, while land use competition may intensify around the increasing needs for food, fibre and bioenergy. The Brazilian Forest Act of 2012 amplified a market-based mechanism for offsetting native vegetation deficits in private farmlands. This mechanism enables a large-scale trading system...
Drivers of adoption of agroecological practices for winegrowers and influence from policies in the province of Trento, Italy
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): C.S. Garini, F. Vanwindekens, J.M.S. Scholberg, A. Wezel, J.C.J. Groot Many agricultural practices are negatively impacting the environment and threatening the ecological foundations of the global food system. Therefore, agroecological practices are being proposed as viable and desirable alternatives. Biophysical, economic, social, and political factors, matched with farmers’ psychological attributes, may all be governing the choice of agricultural practices. Public policies can play a significant...
Geographical database for object-oriented land division modelling in Turkey
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Yakup Emre Coruhlu, Okan Yildiz In Turkey, the conditions for subdivision of immovable property (real estate) vary based on its location in planned or unplanned areas. For many years, the conditions for unplanned areas had only been discussed in terms of zoning techniques. On the other hand, the inheritance sharing system as established in the Civil Code regulations played an important role in land division. This situation resulted in loss of productivity in agricultural land. For this reason, since the...
Managing cities and resolving conflicts: Local people’s attitudes towards urban planning in Kumasi, Ghana
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 68 Author(s): Patrick Brandful Cobbinah This study explores local people’s attitudes towards urban planning, and the effects of development benefits on local support for planning in Kumasi, Ghana. Kumasi is a rapidly urbanising city in Ghana where urban growth between 2000 and 2010 exceeded 5%, and where local support for urban planning has not been studied adequately. Based on Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Town and Country Planning Department and Ghana Statistical Service’s residential area classifications, household...

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