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China’s megaregion policy: Performance evaluation framework, empirical findings and implications for spatial polycentric governance
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Shiliang Su, Zebin Liu, Yifan Xu, Jing Li, Jianhua Pi, Min Weng Megaregion has emerged as a new dimension of global urbanization. A megaregion approach based on polycentric strategy is deemed to enhance regional economic competitiveness. Numerous studies have highlighted the economic benefits, celebrated the spill-over effects, and outlined the creative potentials of contemporary megaregion policies in different nations worldwide. However, further policy instruments require the knowledge about the...
Changing land use to alternative crops: A rural landholder’s perspective
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Christos Karelakis, Georgios Tsantopoulos Alternative crops, combined with modern farming methods, are integral parts of the new agricultural model and dominant priorities of agricultural policy. The new conditions created in the internal and global markets of agricultural products indicate significant opportunities for growing alternative crops and for the introduction of modern farming practices and processing. The present study aims to assess the factors that determine the landholder’s decision to uptake...
Playing musical chairs with land use obligations: Market-based instruments and environmental public policies in Brazil
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Geoffroy Filoche In Brazil, market-based instruments focusing on land use dimensions are increasingly promoted as a means to make public environmental policies effective. Landowners and farmers call for more flexible regulations and economic incentives to adopt ecologically sound practices, while public agencies and conservation NGOs seek new ways of financing and legitimising legal standards. Market-based instruments are considered by these actors as having the potential to both achieve their own goals and...
Adoption of green fertilizer technology among paddy farmers: A possible solution for Malaysian food security
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Nadia Adnan, Shahrina Md Nordin, Imran Rahman, Amir Noor Fertilizer is one of the critical contributions that is being used in order to improve agricultural productivity. Whereas, using Green fertilizer technology (GFT) is a means of improving the environmental concerns. Paddy production using green fertilizer technology potentially allows for sustainable development and helps farmers to increase the yield in Malaysia. The application of GFT in the modern agricultural industry is highly needed for food...
Agricultural land-use dynamics: Assessing the relative importance of socioeconomic and biophysical drivers for more targeted policy
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Raymundo Marcos-Martinez, Brett A. Bryan, Jeffery D. Connor, Darran King A detailed understanding of multiple human and environmental factors influencing land allocations among agricultural uses can facilitate more efficient and targeted land policy. To show this, we used a comprehensive dataset of socioeconomic, physiographic, and climatic indicators to investigate potential determinants of land-use in Australia’s intensive agricultural region during the period 1992–2010. We applied a seemingly...
Into the urban wild: Collection of wild urban plants for food and medicine in Kampala, Uganda
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Eefke Mollee, Mariève Pouliot, Morag A. McDonald In sub-Saharan Africa, many people depend on natural resources for their livelihoods. While urbanisation causes landscape changes, little is known of how this process affects the use of wild plant resources by urban populations. This study contributes to addressing this knowledge gap by exploring the prevalence and determinants of urban collectors of wild plants in Kampala, Uganda. During February to August 2015, 93 structured interviews were conducted in...
The Dutch urban ground lease: A valuable tool for land policy?
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Hendrik Ploeger, Hafida Bounjouh Once heralded by both liberals and socialists as a tool for Dutch municipal governments to prevent land speculation and to implement spatial policies, a century later the Dutch ground lease (erfpacht) is now despised by many. The ground lease was the subject of strong debate in the recent past and is likely to remain so. It has been argued that lessees should have the right to become owner of the land, and this ‘right to buy’ has indeed been implemented in the land policies...
Environmental management of Natura 2000 network areas through the combination of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) methods. Case study in south-eastern...
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): J.M. Sánchez-Lozano, J.A. Bernal-Conesa The Spanish Ministry of Defense possesses more than 37,000ha located within the Natura 2000 network. Defense activities require wide natural spaces that, over time, have become landscapes which are natural reserves of biodiversity. Therefore, an analysis of these areas in order to carry out environmental managements is advisable. Spatial visualization tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) clearly make this task easier. However, it is also necessary to take...
Will future land based food and fibre production be in family or corporate hands? An analysis of farm land ownership and governance considering farmer characteristics as choice drivers. The New...
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): P.L. Nuthall, K.M. Old Family farming in various guises has been the dominant ownership and governance system in primary production over recorded history. This outcome has been controlled by farmers and their families, possibly due to tradition, opportunities, personal characteristics, skill sets and the nature of primary production. Of these, it is hypothesised that the farmers’ personal characteristics play a major part in the choice, and continuance, of current ownership and governance systems. Equally...
Three rights separation: China’s proposed rural land rights reform and four types of local trials
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Qianxi Wang, Xiaoling Zhang China’s central government is promoting a new round of land reform in its rural areas, the core of which is the so-called ‘three rights separation system’. In attempting to achieve the double goals of developing agriculture and maintaining the basic stability of rural society, central policy makers want to separate the original household right of contractual operation into a contractual right (right of disposal) and an operation right. When formally adopted, these two rights...
The calculative turn in land value capture: Lessons from the English planning system
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Pat McAllister For over three decades, negotiated planning obligations have been the primary form of land value capture in England. Diffusing and evolving over the last decade, a significant policy innovation has been the use of financial calculations to estimate the extent to which policies on planning obligations for actual, proposed development projects and in plan making affect the financial viability of development. This paper assesses the extent to which the use of financial appraisals has provided a...
Is the widespread use of urban land for cycling promotion policies cost effective? A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the case of Seville
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Raúl Brey, José I. Castillo-Manzano, Mercedes Castro-Nuño, Lourdes López-Valpuesta, Manuel Marchena-Gómez, Antonio Sánchez-Braza Cycling promotion has without doubt been the most intensive policy seen in Seville in the 21st century as far as the use of public land is concerned. In the current context, economic tools need to be applied to rigorously assess the efficiency and economic rationality of cycling infrastructure investments. This article provides a Cost-Benefit Analysis to estimate the...
An extended peer communities’ knowledge sharing approach for environmental governance
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Yeray Hernández-González, Serafín Corral This paper is devoted to propose an approach to implement the idea of extended peer knowledge to environmental governance by means of engaging the «extended peer communities». Socially robust knowledge relies on transparency and citizen participation. These two underlying elements take the form of both assessment and post-assessment decision support systems. Initially, during the assessment process citizens and stakeholders are engaged in the framing, proposal of...
This land is your land, maybe: A historical institutionalist analysis for contextualizing split estate conflicts in U.S. unconventional oil and gas development
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Stacia S. Ryder, Peter M. Hall In the 21st century, the U.S. has experienced a boom in unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD). In part due to advances in technology, this rapid increase in UOGD has moved extraction practices into geographic areas that have previously seen little or no oil and gas development. As a result, conflicts over property rights have erupted—particularly in relation to split estate situations. To understand this controversy, we must situate it in the conditions which have...
Cropland expansion and grassland loss in the eastern Dakotas: New insights from a farm-level survey
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Michael C. Wimberly, Larry L. Janssen, David A. Hennessy, Moses Luri, Niaz M. Chowdhury, Hongli Feng The western Corn Belt region of the United States has become a hotspot for agricultural extensification and consequent land use and land cover changes. The goals of this research were to characterize geographic patterns of grassland loss resulting from cropland expansion in the eastern Dakotas, and to understand how these changes were associated with characteristics of individual farms and farm...
The incidence of agricultural policy on the land market in Poland: Two-dimensional and multilevel analysis
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Bazyli Czyżewski, Grzegorz Przekota, Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda Research has shown that the reform of the CAP which broke the link between subsidies and production (the decoupling reform) has had little effect on farmers’ demand for land under the SPS (Single Payment Scheme) system. For this reason, in the conditions of the SPS, there is petrifaction of the structure of agricultural land, and an upward trend in prices on the market for agricultural land should not be expected to continue in the long term...
Principles for integrated environmental management of military training areas
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Rick Zentelis, David Lindenmayer, J. Dale Roberts, Stephen Dovers Military Training Areas (MTAs) cover an estimated 200–250 million hectares globally, occur in all major ecosystems, and are potentially significant conservation assets. In some jurisdictions, MTAs may be the largest terrestrial land use category that is owned and operated by a sovereign government. Despite this, MTAs are not recognised as either a conservation or environment protection resource. Further, no MTAs are managed for their...
Can environmental attributes influence protected area designation? A case study valuing preferences for springs in Grand Canyon National Park
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Julie M. Mueller, Ryan E. Lima, Abraham E. Springer Springs in Grand Canyon National Park (GRCA) provide water to over 6 million visitors per year. In addition to use value for visitors, springs have cultural value to indigenous peoples and provide critical habitat for plants and animals. Finally, base flow to the Colorado River is dependent upon springs and they also provide an important water source for backcountry recreation. Climate change, uranium mining, and increased groundwater pumping threaten the...
Farmland habitat diversity in Ireland
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): H. Sheridan, B. Keogh, A. Anderson, T. Carnus, B.J. McMahon, S. Green, G. Purvis While appreciation of the fundamental role biodiversity plays in underpinning the long-term sustainability of agricultural systems is growing, international commitments to preserve and protect this natural resource have not yet been achieved. Loss and degradation of farmland habitats are an important contributor to the continued decline of biodiversity. Despite this, little information is available regarding the...
Promotion incentives for local officials and the expansion of urban construction land in China: Using the Yangtze River Delta as a case study
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 63 Author(s): Zhigang Chen, Jing Tang, Jiayu Wan, Yi Chen China’s promotion incentive is the main motivation behind local officials’ decisions regarding the expansion of urban construction land, and is therefore crucial to understanding the mechanism behind the expansion of urban construction land. This paper discusses the promotion incentive’s theoretical influence on urban construction land expansion. Then, using 25 cities in the Yangtze River Delta region (including Shanghai and prefecture-level cities in the...

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