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Performance evaluation of multiple methods for landscape aesthetic suitability mapping: A comparative study between Multi-Criteria Evaluation, Logistic Regression and Multi-Layer Perceptron neural...
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Sepideh Saeidi, Marjan Mohammadzadeh, Abdolrassoul Salmanmahiny, Seyed Hamed Mirkarimi Landscape aesthetics, as a cultural ecosystem service should be included in land-use planning. Therefore, appropriate mapping algorithms that allow quick and accurate visualization of the scenic beauty in a spatially-explicit manner are of significant importance. The present study implements and compares three mapping approaches including Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE), Logistic Regression (LR) and Multi-layer...
Blocking, attracting, imposing, and aligning: The utility of ASEAN forest and environmental regime policies for strong member states
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Lukas Giessen, Muhammad Alif K. Sahide International institutions, including ‘global regimes’ and ‘regional regimes’, address an increasing number of environmental issues. While in the past much attention was given to global regimes, a plethora of regional institutions and organizations (regional regimes) and their environmental policies have recently gained more momentum in political practice and attention in scholarship. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one such regime, and...
A territorial approach to assess the transition to trellis vineyards in special protection areas for steppe birds in Spain
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): F. Montero García, A. Brasa Ramos, F. Montero Riquelme, G.J. Carsjens Traditional vineyards in Spain are being upgraded to trellis vineyards. A key question is to what extent the transition to trellis vineyards is compatible with the environmental preservation goals in Special Protection Areas. This paper presents a GIS-based model to assess the suitability of Special Protection Areas for the development of trellis systems. The model was applied in a Special Protection Area for steppe birds in...
Eliciting citizen preferences for multifunctional agriculture in the watershed areas of northern Thailand through choice experiment and latent class models
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Chapika Sangkapitux, Pornsiri Suebpongsang, Varaporn Punyawadee, Nucharee Pimpaoud, Jiraporn Konsurin, Andreas Neef Multifunctional agriculture is increasingly discussed as an alternative to conventional, mono-functional farming and its negative environmental impacts. This study aims at determining Thai society’s demand for agri-environmental services offered by a multifunctional agricultural system using two models, i.e. a Choice Experiment Model and a Latent Class Choice Model. The Choice...
Farmers’ perception of effective drought policy implementation: A case study of 2009–2010 drought in Yunnan province, China
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Yao Fu, Liyun Zhang, Yongping Yang Using a qualitative social research method at the local administrative level, this paper provides insight into the policy process in China and farmers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of policies implemented to deal with drought. Two villages in rural South-West Yunnan were purposefully selected for the study. The research started with the general assumption that China has a strong top-down hierarchal approach to policy processes and that...
Factors influencing small-scale farmers’ adoption of sustainable land management technologies in north-western Ethiopia
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Zerihun Nigussie, Atsushi Tsunekawa, Nigussie Haregeweyn, Enyew Adgo, Makoto Nohmi, Mitsuru Tsubo, Dagnachew Aklog, Derege Tsegaye Meshesha, Steffen Abele Land degradation is a serious global problem because it leads to losses in food production and thus jeopardizes food security worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Despite numerous efforts to introduce sustainable land management (SLM) strategies and practices, their adoption by the primary target group, small-scale farmers in...
Assessment of regulation of legal relations of territorial planning: A case study in Lithuania
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Daiva Juknelienė, Jolanta Valčiukienė, Virginija Atkocevičienė Land management is inevitably linked to the regulation of activities of its proprietor or operator stipulated by legislation and documents of territorial planning. In Lithuania, as in many European countries, territorial planning is a key measure for the formation of landscape and the alteration of its elements. With the help of territorial planning documents, governing authorities has the opportunity to orderly regulate the layout of...
Decision making in a complex world: Using OPTamos in a multi-criteria process for land management in the Cuitzmala watershed in Mexico
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Nelson Grima, Simron J. Singh, Barbara Smetschka Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are incentives offered to land owners or managers in exchange for practices that benefit society with ecological goods and/or services. For the success of PES schemes, the involvement of stakeholders, their needs, knowledge, and perspectives has been found beneficial. This paper presents a new approach in engaging stakeholders based on an iterative transdisciplinary framework for a Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation...
Barriers to the development of temperate agroforestry as an example of agroecological innovation: Mainly a matter of cognitive lock-in?
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Line Louah, Marjolein Visser, Alice Blaimont, Charles de Cannière Agroforestry (AF) is promoted as an environmentally sound farming practice to address the pressing challenges of meeting a rising global demand for agricultural commodities while conserving biodiversity. Although AF played an important role in European farming in the past, reintroducing the planting of trees in fields is a radical innovation in the modern context, and is, initially, a researcher’s idea. This paper investigates...
Implementing the water framework directive in Denmark – Lessons on agricultural measures from a legal and regulatory perspective
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Brian H. Jacobsen, Helle Tegner Anker, Lasse Baaner One of the major challenges in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) is how to address diffuse agricultural pollution of the aquatic environment. In Denmark the implementation of agricultural measures has been fraught with difficulty in the form of delays and legal proceedings, despite an ambitious starting point. Why has the implementation of the WFD been so difficult? Based on an analysis of three core components (effectiveness...
The relationship between public transport and the progressive development of rural areas
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Milada Šťastná, Antonín Vaishar In a consequence of the economic transformation, transport companies compete for the most profitable lines of public transport whereas the wide countryside remains of a little interest. As a solution, integrated systems of public transport could play an important role in the development of rural areas, especially in post-communist countries. Such a system in the South Moravian Region connects 24 state, municipal and private transport companies in a unified mode. It...
Trajectories of large-scale land acquisition dynamics in Angola: Diversity, histories, and implications for the political economy of development in Africa
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Aharon de Grassi, Jesse Salah Ovadia Numerous large scale land acquisitions have occurred in Angola since partial political and economic liberalization in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and further increased after 2002 and the end of armed conflict. They have occurred in conjunction with the emergence of a range of large state-coordinated agricultural projects, often by foreign contractors, for domestic food, and involving plans for backwards and forwards linkages to agro-processing and manufacturing...
Land cover changes and environmental protection: A study based on transition matrices concerning Sardinia (Italy)
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Sabrina Lai, Federica Leone, Corrado Zoppi Prevention and mitigation of the progressive spread of artificialization are key goals of environmental protection policies leading to the establishment of protected areas. Artificialization processes can be effectively assessed by analyzing land cover and land use changes, which put in evidence different kinds of processes that spur a decrease in natural areas and an increase in artificial ones. In this article, we first analyze land cover change processes by...
Determining strategies for the cadastre 2034 vision using an AHP-Based SWOT analysis: A case study for the turkish cadastral and land administration system
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Zeynel Abidin Polat, Mehmet Alkan, Hicret Gürsoy Sürmeneli This study aimed to identify the current land management and cadastre system in Turkey and determine the most appropriate strategy for integrating the current structure with the principles of the Cadastre 2034 vision. In this work, the legal, institutional, and technical (LIT) status of the existing land management and cadastre system in Turkey was determined using a method based on Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) and...
The struggle to achieve holistic landscape planning: Lessons from planning the E6 road route through Tanum World Heritage Site, Sweden
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Chia-Jung Wu, Karolina Isaksson, Hans Antonson Since the EU introduced the European Landscape Convention (ELC) in 2000, the landscape has received growing attention in spatial planning and environmental impact assessments. To promote implementation of the ELC, the Swedish National Heritage Board proposed its Landscape Vision 2020, which addresses the goal of a ‘holistic landscape policy’. This study examined challenges and benefits brought by such a holistic approach to handling landscape...
Reconciliation ecology in practice: Legal and policy considerations when implementing temporary nature on undeveloped lands in the European Union
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Hendrik Schoukens Strict regulations, such as the EU Nature Directives, remain pivotal for halting the downward spiral for some protected species. In recent years, though, it has become clear that nature protection rules, are also generating perverse incentives, especially when rigidly applied to areas that have already been transformed by human use, such as agricultural land, quarries and port sites. With the arrival of novel incentive concepts, such as temporary nature in several EU Member States, an...
Administrative restructuring and land-use intensity—A spatial explicit perspective
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Chen Zeng, Anlu Zhang, Lian Liu, Yu Liu Background The rapid industrialization, urbanization, and population explosion have ushered forth the era focusing on the efficient use of land resources to achieve sustainable development. “Intensive Land-Use Plan” was therefore proposed in the context of shifting the focus from “incremental planning” to “inventory planning” in rapidly developing countries, particularly China. Methods We develop our framework based on the hypothesis that...
Information exchange under uncertainty: The case of unconventional gas development in the United Kingdom
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Manuel Fischer, Karin Ingold, Svetlana Ivanova New techniques of unconventional oil and gas extraction, such as hydraulic fracturing, challenge current political, institutional and administrative practices in how to regulate activities in the underground. Conflicts of interests between economic promotion, landscape and natural resource protection, and new trends on energy markets are further intensified by the fact that techniques of oil and gas extraction come with a considerable amount of...
Forest cover, development, and sustainability in Costa Rica: Can one policy fit all?
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Karen E. Allen, Steve Padgett Vásquez Forest Transition Theory offers the hope that global economic development can continue in tandem with forest recovery. Costa Rica has been lauded for its successful forest transition—once the fastest deforesting country in Central America, forests began to regrow in the 1980s and have had a steady trajectory of recovery since. This forest regrowth can be linked temporally to Costa Rican policies that have promoted tourism and discouraged small-scale agriculture. We...
Government, enterprise and resident: Roles of local agents in regulating and simulating built-up land use and change in a mining city
01. September 2017
Publication date: September 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 67 Author(s): Jianjun Zhang, Qin Xu, Yongheng Rao, Meichen Fu Various agents are involved in decision-making when built-up land is allocated and regulated, but the roles of these agents must be clarified. To aid this process, the agents in Wu’an (a mining city in China) were classified as government, enterprise and resident, and then their roles were analyzed to establish a decision-making mechanism. The model of physical site selection for enterprises and residents was quantitatively simulated, taking into...

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