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Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72
Facilitating markets and mitigation: A systematic review of early-action incentives in the U.S.
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Christopher S. Galik, Lydia P. Olander Early action refers to activities undertaken prior to a regulatory program or generation of services prior to mitigation of impacts elsewhere. In U.S. environmental markets, early action could reduce lags in environmental performance, improve outcomes, and encourage innovation in mitigation approaches. Multiple tools have emerged for encouraging early action in environmental markets. Several tools have also been deployed in markets, providing valuable insight into their...
China should not massively reclaim new farmland
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Liangjie Xin, Xiubin Li To protect farmland and ensure national food security and social stability, China implemented the Dynamic Balance of Total Farmland Area (DBTFA) policy in 1998. From 2000–2013, the amount of newly reclaimed land reached 2.47 million hectares. This massive reclaiming of farmland appeared to effectively halt the rapid loss of farmland in China. However, four aspects suggest that the DBTFA policy has become outdated and economically ineffective. First, bumper grain harvests and imports...
Implementing wind power policy – Institutional frameworks and the beliefs of sovereigns
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): David Newell As the development of renewable energy remains prominent on the global policy agenda, international organizations and states have created policies intended to foster renewable energy development. With wind power projected to make the largest contribution to Europe’s renewable energy mix, the EU and EU member-states have attempted to create institutional frameworks favoring the development of wind power. In many cases, however, this has proven to be a necessary, but insufficient, condition for...
Actionable knowledge for land use planning: Making ecosystem services operational
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Lucas Brunet, Johanna Tuomisaari, Sandra Lavorel, Emilie Crouzat, Adeline Bierry, Taru Peltola, Isabelle Arpin The term ‘actionable knowledge’ indicates the rising expectation that science should produce useful results for policy and planning. In line with this, the success of the notion of ecosystem services (ES) in ecological sciences has been associated with promises of enhanced environmental protection and a narrowed gap between ecological knowledge and action. Promising to deliver...
Assessment of scenic, natural and cultural heritage for sustainable management of tourist beaches. A case study of Gran Canaria island (Spain)
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Carolina Peña-Alonso, Emma Pérez-Chacón, Luis Hernández-Calvento, Eduard Ariza In the last few decades, the recreational use of beaches and their surrounding areas has increased substantially, influencing the alteration and the loss of heritage elements. For beaches with year-round tourist activity, such as those located in the Canary Islands (Spain), it is especially important to evaluate heritage-based values and in this way contribute to their preservation and integration in local management...
The pre-emption right in Italian agriculture: A preliminary evaluation of the direct farmer-neighbouring owner’s case
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Luigi Galletto Direct farmer-neighbouring owner’s pre-emption right has played an important role in the Italian farmland market since 1971. This right gives preference to a direct farmer owner in purchasing a land lot neighbouring his property among other buyers. After dealing with the main characteristics of the right regarding both the farmland market and its economic content in the frame of the farm evaluation theory, the paper presents a first evaluation of this right, by means of the Contingent...
Underuse of social-ecological systems: A research agenda for addressing challenges to biocultural diversity
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): V. Mauerhofer, T. Ichinose, B.D. Blackwell, M.R. Willig, C.G. Flint, M.S. Krause, ​M. Penker Conservation is often operationalized as a minimization of human intervention in nature. However, many social-ecological systems depend on human interventions to maintain characteristics of biological diversity. Therefore, reduced use or full abandonment of such systems can diminish rather than enhance biological diversity and its related cultural diversity (biocultural diversity). We link the definition...
Land use change and the carbon debt for sugarcane ethanol production in Brazil
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Akenya Alkimim, Keith C. Clarke Farming sugarcane, as a renewable source of ethanol for use as a fuel, is a common practice in Brazilian agriculture. Despite being renewable, whether ethanol use actually reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions depends on how the sugarcane is produced. Studies have shown that land use changes due to sugarcane farming are responsible for a substantial amount of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere, and may be equivalent to, or even greater than, the great “villains” of...
Fundamental Functionings of Landowners: Understanding the relationship between land ownership and wellbeing through the lens of ‘capability’
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Jyoti Rao Given land owners’ resistance to the compulsory acquisition of land and the recurring debate on inadequacy of compensation, this research re-examines losses of landowners in terms of loss of functionings offered by land. The aim of this research paper is to understand the relationship between land ownership and well-being when seen through the lens of Sen’s (1979) ‘capability approach’ and to identify fundamental functionings associated with land that are generalizable at global level. The...
Extended ecological footprint for different modes of urban public transport: The case of Vienna, Austria
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Andreas Gassner, Jakob Lederer, Georg Kanitschar, Markus Ossberger, Johann Fellner Urbanization and population growth in urban areas are linked to increasing passenger transport and decreasing land availability. One option to cope with the negative impacts associated to this growth (i.e. emissions from and land use by traffic) is to strengthen public transport, as it has lower land requirements and higher transportation capacities if compared to private passenger transport by cars. Besides the direct...
Urban expansion dynamics and modes in metropolitan Guangzhou, China
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Jianzhou Gong, Zhiren Hu, Wenli Chen, Yansui Liu, Jieyong Wang Urbanization changes urban landscapes and results in ecological and environmental problems. To solve these problems, it is essential to quantify the dynamics of urban expansion and better understand the modes of urban sprawl. This study evaluated urbanization in metropolitan Guangzhou, China from 1990 to 2020 and explored its modes of urban growth using Landsat Thematic Mapper images and simulated landscape maps based on the Conversion of...
Renewable energies, business models and local growth
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Filippo Sgroi, Enrica Donia, Domenico Russo Alesi Energy is one of the driving factors of the world economy: energy consumption is closely linked to quality of life and environmental impact. Reducing the use of fossil fuels, curtailing greenhouse gas emissions, and cutting energy dependence from traditional energy producing countries are the cornerstones of European policies for safe, competitive, sustainable, and renewable energy. In addition, the pressing need to provide new and diversified opportunities...
Modeling land use change impacts on hydrology and the use of landscape metrics as tools for watershed management: The case of an ungauged catchment in the Philippines
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Cheamson Garret K. Boongaling, Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava, Felino P. Lansigan The impacts of land use/land cover (LULC) change and the relationship between landscape pattern and hydrologic processes in the ungauged Calumpang watershed, Batangas, Philippines were studied. LULC change from 2003 to 2008 included an increase in built-up areas (69%) and a reduction of mixed vegetation including riparian vegetation (−10%), which have significant effects on hydrology. Using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool...
Smallholder farmers’ crop combinations under different land tenure systems in Thailand: The role of flood and government policy
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Thitiya Panichvejsunti, John K.M. Kuwornu, Ganesh P. Shivakoti, Clemens Grünbühel, Peeyush Soni Land use decision making is influenced by various factors including tenure security, natural disasters and farm characteristics. Smallholder farmers operate under different land tenure systems, which influences their crop combinations. This paper investigates smallholder farmers’ crop combinations under different land tenure systems in Thailand in the context of the 2011 flood and government policy on...
Assessing the visual landscape potential of coastal territories for spatial planning. A case study in the French Mediterranean
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Samuel Robert Mapping landscape visibility to reveal and measure the visual interactions between places within a territory is common practice today, especially in the context of visual impact studies. Maps of landscape visibility are also a powerful aid to considering development options and anticipating the future for territories that face a variety of challenges. On coasts, where landscape and views form part of the territorial resources, spatial planning particularly requires awareness of the visual...
Does where you live influence your socio-economic status?
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Tony Lockwood, Neil T Coffee, Peter Rossini, Theo Niyonsenga, Stanley McGreal The relationship between the wellbeing of society and understanding of land market structure and behaviour is an important research theme for understanding socioeconomic status (SES). Traditional SES area based measures of income, occupation and education are generally applied in the examination of a broad spectrum of societal issues. This paper examines the contribution of understanding the spatial variation of SES based upon...
Mass appraisal of farmland using classical econometrics and spatial modeling
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Marlene Salete Uberti, Mauro Antonio Homem Antunes, Paula Debiasi, Wagner Tassinari Mass appraisals of properties traditionally use classical linear regression models (CLRMs); however, there has been the need to model the data spatially. Such modeling of the geographic effects has been used mainly in appraisals of urban areas, but the values of the properties in rural areas are also affected by the geographic location. This paper aims to use spatial regression econometric models in a sample of rural...
Making competent land use policy using a co-management framework
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Maryam Adhami, Seyed Hamidreza Sadeghi, Majid Sheikhmohammady A new cooperative watershed management methodology has been designed for developing equitable and efficient Best Management Practices (BMPs) with participation of all main stakeholders. The approach intended to control total sediment yield, stormwater and to improve socio-economic status of the watershed, considering villagers, legislation and executive stakeholders with conflicting interests. Toward this goal, the game theory was used as an...
Talking about density: An empirical investigation of framing
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 72 Author(s): Andrew H. Whittemore, Todd K. BenDor Scholars of cities have presented evidence that increasing the density of urban areas in western countries is key to accomplishing greater sustainability in the built environment. Technical knowledge of sprawl’s negative impacts may well convince local planners of the benefits of denser development, but planners likely face challenges in communicating the benefits of densification to their constituents. When planners cite certain benefits over others, they effectively...

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