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Collaboration or fragmentation? Biodiversity management through the common agricultural policy
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Julia Leventon, Tamara Schaal, Sarah Velten, Juliana Dänhardt, Joern Fischer, David J. Abson, Jens Newig We argue that the current system of agri-environment management in the European Common Agricultural Policy is ineffective at conserving biodiversity in part because it promotes fragmentation instead of collaboration of actors, thus hindering coordinated biodiversity management. Actor fragmentation is reinforced by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in three ways: (1) through targeting individual...
Participatory foresight to address long-term issues in a large irrigation scheme. An example in Office du Niger, Mali
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): T. Hertzog, J.-C. Poussin, B. Tangara, J.-Y. Jamin
MIVES multi-criteria approach for the evaluation, prioritization, and selection of public investment projects. A case study in the city of Barcelona
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): P. Pujadas, F. Pardo-Bosch, A. Aguado-Renter, A. Aguado A meaningful contribution to the evaluation of heterogeneous public investments is described in this article. The proposed methodology provides a step towards sustainable urban planning in which decisions are taken according to clear, consistent and transparent criteria assisted by the MIVES multi-criteria analysis framework. The MIVES methodology combines multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) and multi-attribute utility theory (MAUT), incorporating...
Modelling the urban heat island effect of smart growth policy scenarios in Brisbane
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Kaveh Deilami, Md. Kamruzzaman Smart growth policy has been identified as a panacea to tackle a range of undesirable outcomes of sprawl development. Various neighbourhood planning concepts have been developed following smart growth principles such as transit oriented development, and infill development. Existing empirical studies, however, do not answer to a key policy question: can smart growth policies reduce the urban heat island (UHI) effect? If so, what type of smart growth policy would be most effective...
Land tenure insecurity in post-certification Amhara, Ethiopia
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Svein Ege It is generally believed that tenure security has improved due to the programme of land certification. In this paper I argue the opposite. Tenure security concerns three different rights: possession, renting and latent rights. Rights of possession are believed to have improved, but the evidence is weak and conflicting. Land rentals are expanding and farmers face high tenure insecurity. The main problem, though, is latent rights, with great insecurity and increased conflict levels. Despite rapid economic...
Testing for regional convergence of agricultural land prices
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Xinyue Yang, Matthias Ritter, Martin Odening The focus of this paper is on spatial market integration in agricultural land markets. We scrutinize the applicability of the law of one price to land markets and distinguish between absolute and relative versions of this “law”. Panel data unit root and stationarity tests are applied to land sale prices in the German state Lower Saxony. Three main clusters with different price developments are detected. Our results indicate that the law of one price holds only...
Public policies creating tensions in Montado management models: Insights from farmers’ representations
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Teresa Pinto-Correia, Carla Azeda The Montado is the silvo-pastoral land use system dominant in Southern Portugal, and similar to the Dehesa in Southern Spain. These systems combine an open tree cover of cork and holm oaks with grazing in the under-cover. Despite the acknowledged value of these systems due to their adaptation to the scarcity biophysical conditions of Southern Iberia, the uniqueness of cork production, the biodiversity values and the support of multiple public goods and services, in Portugal the...
Landscape fragmentation in Mediterranean Europe: A comparative approach
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Andrea De Montis, Belén Martín, Emilio Ortega, Antonio Ledda, Vittorio Serra Maintaining ecosystem continuity has become a central element in spatial planning policies. Several authors acknowledge the environmental, also known as landscape, fragmentation due to human action as one of the main causes which have negative effects on biodiversity. The phenomenon consists of the transformation of larger patches of habitat in smaller ones, or fragments, which tend to be more isolated than in the original...
Implications of land use transitions on soil nitrogen in dynamic landscapes in Tanzania
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Mercy M. Ojoyi, Onisimo Mutanga, John Odindi, Jean-Marc Mwenge Kahinda, Elfatih M. Abdel-Rahman Land use transitions are rated among the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the tropics. They significantly challenge the functioning of ecosystems and affect multi-temporal stability of greenhouse gases such as N2O and soil properties. Studies on dynamics in nitrogen balances are essential in understanding greenhouse gas emissions such as N2O and to manage their impacts on productivity. In this...
The value of green walls to urban biodiversity
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Rebecca Collins, Marije Schaafsma, Malcolm D. Hudson Despite increased interest in the implementation of green walls in urban areas and the recognised benefits of monetary valuation of ecosystem services, no studies have been undertaken to estimate the economic value of biodiversity they provide. The valuation of natural resources allows policy makers to justify resource allocation. Using the Southampton, UK, as a case study, this paper estimates the public’s perceived value of green walls to urban...
Heterogeneous governance capabilities, reference emission levels and emissions from deforestation and degradation: A signaling model approach
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Jichuan Sheng, Sanfeng Zhang, Yixiao Li Heterogeneous governance capabilities of developing countries are one of the major challenges to the effectiveness of REDD+ projects. Consequently, the effects of heterogeneous governance capability, and reference emission levels on emissions from deforestation and degradation under information asymmetry, are both theoretically and empirically analyzed by using two signaling models to interrogate the panel data during the period 2011–2015 from 13 partner developing...
Is the European Union protecting soil? A critical analysis of Community environmental policy and law
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Susanna Paleari Although preserving soil health is essential for sustainability, over the last decade, there has been a significant increase in soil degradation in the European Union (EU) and, based on available information, this trend will not reverse in the long run. While the Union has adopted ambitious policy objectives addressing soil threats, there is not to date an EU soil-specific legislation, but various aspects of soil protection are scattered across many EU policy areas. This paper contributes to...
Whereto land fragmentation–land grabbing in Romania? The place of negotiation in reaching win–win community-based solutions
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Ruxandra Mălina Petrescu-Mag, Dacinia Crina Petrescu, Ioan Valentin Petrescu-Mag The present study seeks to discuss and advance the understanding of land fragmentation and land grabbing within Romania's economic historiography landmarks, depicting how the origins of the land property issues are deeply embedded politically, socially, and culturally in history and still strongly exist in today's collective mind. Scientific evidence on the perceptions and behaviors of land owners regarding land grabbing was...
Who cares about the environment? An empirical analysis of the evolution of political parties’ environmental concern in European countries (1970–2008)
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): François Facchini, Giuseppe Lucio Gaeta, Benjamin Michallet Why do parties offer environmental policies in their political programs? While a number of papers examine the determinants of citizens’ pro-environmental behaviour, we know little about the extent to which political parties adjust their platform towards environmentalism. We investigate this process through data provided by the Manifesto Project Dataset (CMP) for 20 European countries over the period 1970-2008. Following the literature on public...
Farm-level adaptation to climate change in Western Bangladesh: An analysis of adaptation dynamics, profitability and risks
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Md. Jahangir Kabir, Mohammad Alauddin, Steven Crimp Using long-term district-level climate data and a case study from a drought-prone village in western Bangladesh, this research explored trends in climate change, and analysed farmers’ adaptation dynamics, profitability and risks. This is the first study of its kind for drought-prone areas in Bangladesh. Farmers perceived climate changes included increases in temperature and decreases in rainfall which were as consistent with the trends of Chuadanga climate...
Safeguards for enhancing ecological compensation in Sweden
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Niak Sian Koh, Thomas Hahn, Claudia Ituarte-Lima Ecological compensation (EC) is being explored as a policy instrument for the European Union’s ‘No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ initiative. EC is commonly associated with the Polluter-Pays Principle, but we propose the Developer-Pays Principle as a more comprehensive principle. Safeguards that are relevant to local and national contexts are needed when addressing social-ecological resilience in the face of risks associated with EC. The...
Crop insurance as a risk management tool in agriculture: The case of silk farmers in northern Iran
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Majid Farzaneh, Mohammad S. Allahyari, Christos A. Damalas, Alireza Seidavi Crop insurance is an important risk coping mechanism in agriculture, but its role in the sense of security has not been yet institutionalized in small farmers’ culture. Farmers’ preferences and factors affecting the adoption of silkworm insurance were explored in Guilan Province of northern Iran. Over half of the farmers (59.5%) mentioned the low indemnity rate paid by insurance companies as the main problem of insurance...
Urban parks: Visitors’ perceptions versus spatial indicators
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Gyula Kothencz, Thomas Blaschke Urban green spaces and their role in the quality of life of residents have been studied across multiple disciplines, based on empirical measurements or qualitative studies – however, the relation, and its strength, between spatial indicators of urban green spaces and visitors’ perceptions of green spaces are less known. Addressing this knowledge deficit, the present research uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to link subjective evaluations of the physical...
Forest transitions in Chinese villages: Explaining community-level variation under the returning forest to farmland program
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Zhiming Zhang, John Aloysius Zinda, Wenqing Li China’s Returning Farmland to Forest Program (RFFP) aimed to transform rural landscapes and livelihoods by compensating households for planting trees on retired farmland. The program has been attributed a key role in an apparent forest transition. Studies uncover great local variation in its impacts, but the mechanisms behind them have received little attention. We examine such heterogeneity in 12 communities in northwest Yunnan, assessing the hypothesis that...
Geocultural landscaping: Guidelines and conceptual framework to design future scenarios of exploited lands
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 64 Author(s): Silvia Rinalduzzi, Laura Farroni, Andrea Billi, Luigi De Filippis, Claudio Faccenna, Pier Paolo Poncia, Giovanna Spadafora The environmental recovery of quarried areas is increasingly a landscaping first-order issue in many countries and relevant lessons can be learned from each case history, depending upon factors such as the terrain nature and landscape consolidation over time. The case of the Tivoli travertine quarries near Rome (Acque Albule Basin, Italy) is addressed with a multidisciplinary...

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