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Urban land contestations, challenges and planning strategies in Malawi’s main urban centres
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Evance Mwathunga, Ronnie Donaldson The paper commences with a brief reflection on some examples of urban strategies and challenges encountered by the state authorities in their effort to impose the abstract space of modernity as envisioned in urban master plans. The focus then shifts to urban challenges faced by authorities in Malawian urban centres, and concludes with the strategies adopted to deal with these challenges. The research relied on primary sources of data and interviews conducted with 19 key...
Forest plantations and climate change discourses: New powers of ‘green’ grabbing in Cambodia
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Arnim Scheidel, Courtney Work Efforts to combat global climate change through forestry plantations designed to sequester carbon and promote sustainable development are on the rise. This paper analyses the trajectory of Cambodia´s first large-scale reforestation project awarded within the context of climate change mitigation. The 34,007 ha concession was formally conceived to promote sustainable resource use, livelihood improvements and emission reduction. On the ground, however, vast tracks of diverse...
Searching for the entrepreneurs among new entrants in European Agriculture: the role of human and social capital
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Emilio Pindado, Mercedes Sánchez, Jos A.A.M. Verstegen, Thomas Lans
Impacts of historic climate variability and land use change on winter wheat climatic productivity in the North China Plain during 1980–2010
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Qiaomin Chen, Yujie Liu, Quansheng Ge, Tao Pan As one of the most populous countries, China has policies protecting the amount of land available for crop production, but it does not consider the quality of land. Thus, an important issue is the impact on crop production by land use change under such policies and by notable climate variability during the past decades. Using a productivity attenuation method, we estimated the climatic productivity of winter wheat (WWCP) in the North China Plain, based on land...
Analysis of the impact on vegetation caused by abrupt deforestation via orbital sensor in the environmental disaster of Mariana, Brazil
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Carlos Antonio da Silva Junior, Andressa Dias Coutinho, José Francisco de Oliveira-Júnior, Paulo Eduardo Teodoro, Mendelson Lima, Muhammad Shakir, Givanildo de Gois, Jerry Adriani Johann The failure of the Fundão Dam in Mariana, more precisely in the subdistrict of Bento Rodrigues, state of Minas Gerais (Brazil) on November 5th, 2015, is considered to be "the biggest environmental tragedy in the country's history." About thirty-four million cubic meters of tailings were dumped into the river...
Reaching a socio-ecological tipping point: Overgrazing on the Greek island of Samothraki and the role of European agricultural policies
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Tamara Fetzel, Panos Petridis, Dominik Noll, Simron Jit Singh, Marina Fischer-Kowalski Livestock keeping and food production from grasslands play an important role in the Mediterranean region, where grazing has a long tradition and still is a key livelihood strategy. Yet, in many places widespread degradation (caused by overgrazing) severely threatens the natural resource base and prospects for future food security and sustainable development. On Samothraki, a Greek island, several decades of continuous...
Challenges for efficient land use in rice production of northern Iran: The use of modern cultivars among small-scale farmers
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Daryoush Ashoori, Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari, Christos A. Damalas, Asghar Bagheri In recent decades, precision technologies and agronomic innovations have spread widely in rice production, but a lag in adoption, particularly in developing countries, is often noted. A survey of 400 rice farmers was conducted on the basis of a structured questionnaire to collect data on the nature and reasoning behind the use of improved rice cultivars by paddy farmers in Guilan Province, Iran. Improved cultivars were used by...
Effects of awareness on farmers’ compliance with diffuse pollution mitigation measures: A conditional process modelling
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Murat Okumah, Julia Martin-Ortega, Paula Novo Despite several decades of research and financial commitment, diffuse water pollution remains a major problem threatening the health and resilience of social-ecological systems. New approaches to tackle diffuse pollution emphasise awareness raising and provision of advice with the aim of triggering behavioural change. However, empirical evidence on the effectiveness of this approach remains scarce and mixed, with most studies relying on smaller datasets and case...
Exploring the socioeconomic and ecological consequences of cash crop cultivation for policy implications
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Jing Li, Zelie Zhang, Xianfeng Jin, Jiaquan Chen, Shaojia Zhang, Zong He, Sheng Li, Zhiming He, Haipeng Zhang, He Xiao Cash crops have kept expanding at an accelerating rate across the globe during the last decades. It therefore requires elaborate efforts to examine the socioeconomic and ecological consequences of cash crop cultivation. With a case of the Hangzhou region in subtropical China, this paper investigated the dynamic patterns of four cash crop types (tea, fruit, mulberry and nursery...
Industrial land policy, firm heterogeneity and firm location choice: Evidence from China
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Dan Zheng, Minjun Shi Using micro-level data of Chinese manufacture firms for the year 2009, this paper estimates a conditional logit model to examine the impact of industrial land supply and allocation policies on firm location choice. It is found that both expanding industrial land supply and balanced industrial land allocation policies are positively related to firm location choice. It is also found that the impact of industrial land policy varies with firm heterogeneity in terms of ownership and...
Political debates and agricultural policies: Discourse coalitions behind the creation of Brazil’s Pronaf
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Stefano Ghinoi, Valdemar João Wesz Junior, Simone Piras The literature on rural development focuses on the socio-economic effects of agricultural support policies; the process of policy design, however, is devoted less attention. Identifying policy coalitions may help provide clarity on the motivations behind a given agricultural support system. Using Discourse Network Analysis, this paper studies the debates preceding the approval of the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (Pronaf) in...
Recent transformations of land-use and land-cover dynamics across different deforestation frontiers in the Brazilian Amazon
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Johannes Schielein, Jan Börner After forest governance reforms by the Brazilian government, Amazon deforestation rates dropped by almost 80% between 2004 and 2012. Since then, however, deforestation has slowly increased again, casting doubts on the long-term sustainability of past conservation policy achievements. Clearly, deforestation rates and the associated local drivers of land-use and land-cover change differ considerably across the region, and adapting public policies to dynamic local contexts and...
Rural Environmental Registry: An innovative model for land-use and environmental policies
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Iris Roitman, Ludgero Cardoso Galli Vieira, Tamiel Khan Baiocchi Jacobson, Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante, Nívea Jorgia Silva Marcondes, Kátia Cury, Luciana Silva Estevam, Rômulo José da Costa Ribeiro, Vivian Ribeiro, Marcelo C.C. Stabile, Reinaldo José de Miranda Filho, Mário Lúcio Avila Large-scale land governance and environmental monitoring are huge challenges for tropical countries with significant forest cover. In this discussion paper, we analyzed the conditions and...
Planning by the rules: A fair chance for the environment in a land-use conflict area
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Guilherme Augusto Carminato Bircol, Marcelo Pereira de Souza, Aurélio Teodoro Fontes, Adriano Garcia Chiarello, Victor Eduardo Lima Ranieri The establishment of protected areas is one of the most common environmental policy tools which can effectively contribute to landscape protection, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem services provision. In this sense, the Brazilian Law on Native Vegetation Protection establishes the legal reserves, mandatory protected spaces within private rural lands, which...
Effects of no-tillage on agricultural land values in Brazil
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Tiago Santos Telles, Bastiaan Philip Reydon, Alexandre Gori Maia Agricultural land prices may be determined by both productive and speculative factors. Among productive factors, investment in soil conservation in areas destined for agricultural activity is recognized as a positive contributor to land value. No-tillage, or no-till, is a farming system that integrates fundamentals of conservation agriculture and offers a number of advantages in agricultural production. No-tillage systems are associated with a...
Mega freight generators in my backyard: A longitudinal study of environmental justice in warehousing location
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Quan Yuan Environmental impacts of warehousing activities have attracted increasing attention from the governments, the public and the academia. While a few studies have confirmed the cross-sectional spatial coincidence between warehousing facilities and minority population, little is known about the causal relationship behind the co-location pattern. Using data of the Los Angeles Combined Statistical Area in 2000–2010, this paper estimates a two-equation simultaneous model of the location choices of...
Agroforestry development in Europe: Policy issues
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): J.J. Santiago-Freijanes, A. Pisanelli, M. Rois-Díaz, J.A. Aldrey-Vázquez, A. Rigueiro-Rodríguez, A. Pantera, A. Vityi, B. Lojka, N. Ferreiro-Domínguez, M.R. Mosquera-Losada Agroforestry is considered a sustainable form of land management that optimizes the use of natural resources (nutrients, radiation, water). Agroforestry is defined as the deliberate integration of woody vegetation with agricultural activities in the lower story. It provides a higher biomass production per unit of land...
Quality of life in a “high-rise lawless slum”: A study of the “Kowloon Walled City”
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Leung Kwok Prudence Lau, Wai Chung Lawrence Lai, Chi Wing Daniel Ho Informed by the ‘quality of life’ model with specific reference to Chinese culture, this article uses reliable and publicly available information seldom used in historical or heritage study to identify the designs of flats and builders of the “Kowloon Walled City” (hereafter the City) and reliable oral testimonies to refute some myths about the quality of life within it. This settlement has been notoriously misrepresented by some as...
Trade-offs between wind energy, recreational, and bark-beetle impacts on visual preferences of national park visitors
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Arne Arnberger, Renate Eder, Brigitte Allex, Hemma Preisel, Martin Ebenberger, Maria Husslein Recreation pressure on natural resource settings, as well as the demand for new wind-energy production sites, is growing. In addition, extensive outbreaks of tree-killing insects are globally increasing. Protected-area managers are facing conflicts on proper land uses in and around their areas, and need information on visitor preferences for developing a land use policy for their area, accepted by the public...
Improperly-zoned, spatially-marginalized, and poorly-served? An analysis of mobile home parks in Los Angeles County
01. Juli 2018
Publication date: July 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 76 Author(s): Gregory Pierce, C.J. Gabbe, Silvia R. Gonzalez More than 6% of Americans live in mobile homes, and yet there has been limited scholarly attention to mobile home location or quality of life compared to conditions in other housing types. There has not been a single comprehensive study to date that assesses where mobile home parks (MHPs) are located within metropolitan areas, that explores why some neighborhoods have a greater concentration of MHPs than others, or examines what environmental or basic service...