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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...
Interrogating sustainable productivism: Lessons from the ‘Almerían miracle’
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Meri Juntti, Stuart D. Downward Many have suggested that a new form of sustainable agricultural productivism is needed in response to the challenges to food security posed by climate change and population growth. This paper employs elements of ecological modernisation theory and focusses on sustainability challenges and solutions, as well as the knowledge networks and production rationale to assess whether the intensive horticultural industry located in the Spanish province of Almería represents sustainable...
Determinants of households’ resistance against land acquisition for mining: Experiences at Talcher coalfields in India
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Saswat Kishore Mishra, Pulak Mishra In the context of people's protests against land acquisition for mining in the Indian state of Odisha, the present paper attempts to identify the underlying household level factors. The paper uses primary data collected from the Talcher coalfield region of the state and estimates limited dependent variable models. It is found that the households belonging to the scheduled tribe category or having larger per capita income or with greater access to basic amenities are more...
Property-level assessment of change in forest clearing patterns: The need for tailoring policy in the Amazon
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Juliano Assunção, Clarissa Gandour, Pedro Pessoa, Romero Rocha Once driven by large-scale clearings, Amazon deforestation now occurs mostly in small increments. Did this result from the emergence of a new group of agents or from a strategic adaptation in the behavior of those who led deforestation in the past? We address this question using georeferenced data on private rural properties and deforestation. We cross property-level and forest clearing data in an empirical setting designed to detect shifts...
Regional heterogeneity in Italy: Transport, devolution and corruption
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Fabio Carlucci, Andrea Cirà, Giovanni Immordino, Giuseppe Ioppolo, Tan Yigitcanlar In the transport related literature little attention has been devoted to the institutional aspects involved in the strategic interaction between the central government and its local bodies. This might seem surprising given the relevance of the problem. This paper analyses the impact of the devolution of administrative powers on the transport sector. Specifically, we review some recent developments in the policies adopted...
Sustainable recommendation domains for scaling agricultural technologies in Tanzania
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Francis K. Muthoni, Zhe Guo, Mateete Bekunda, Haroon Sseguya, Fred Kizito, Frederick Baijukya, Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon Low adoption of sustainable intensification technologies hinders achievement of their potential impacts on increasing agricultural productivity. Proper targeting of locations to scale-out particular technologies is a key determinant of the rate of adoption. Targeting locations with similar biophysical and socio-economic characteristics significantly increases the probability of...
Interaction effects of targeted agri-environmental payments on non-marketed goods and services under climate change in a mountain region
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Huber Robert, Snell Rebecca, Monin François, Brunner Sibyl Hanna, Schmatz Dirk, Finger Robert Targeting of agri-environmental measures (AEMs) is a key to increasing the cost-effectiveness of governmental support for biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services from agriculture. Existing literature, however, often focuses on single measures without considering that policies are usually bundles of different measures addressing multiple non-marketed goods and services. Thus...
A legal framework with scientific basis for applying the ‘polluter pays principle’ to soil conservation in rural watersheds in Brazil
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): C.A. Valera, T.C.T. Pissarra, M.V. Martins Filho, R.F. Valle Junior, L.F. Sanches Fernandes, F.A.L. Pacheco The “polluter pays principle” (PPP) has been looked at from the perspective of legal values and technical principles, namely of soil science, to evaluate the acceleration of soil erosion and the consequent development of degraded areas in the Uberaba River basin (area: 2419km2), state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Having accomplished this goal, the study highlights the importance of PPP for the...
Uneven growth of urban clusters in megaregions and its policy implications for new urbanization in China
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Minghong Tan Megaregions have become the principal geographic units for countries to participate in the global economy, which is often a composite of numerous urban clusters which are distributed in different cities. In China, a megaregion is regarded as a key urbanization platform, according to the National Plan on New Urbanization published in 2014. In this context, it is imperative to understand the spatial patterns of and the changes occurring in megaregions. For instance, what are the universal rules or...
Protection of coastal areas in Italy: Where do national landscape and urban planning legislation fail?
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Enzo Falco Italian coastal areas have been subject to strong anthropogenic pressure and urbanization processes over the past 60 years. Urbanization of the protected 300-m strip from shoreline has reached levels of over fifty per cent in some parts of the country. This article, by building on previous quantitative analyses and by providing some more quantitative data on the urbanization processes of coastal land at the provincial level, seeks to understand whether a con-cause that has led to a considerable...
Delineating boundaries of social-ecological systems for landscape planning: A comprehensive spatial approach
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Berta Martín-López, Ignacio Palomo, Marina García-Llorente, Irene Iniesta-Arandia, Antonio J. Castro, David García Del Amo, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, Carlos Montes An increasing number of studies demonstrate the need of applying a social-ecological system approach for landscape planning. However, there is a lack of empirical research that operationalizes the concept of social-ecological system for landscape planning through the characterization of social-ecological interactions. In this study, we...
Land reuse in support of renewable energy development
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Jacqueline L. Waite Renewable Portfolio Standards are U.S. state-level policies that encourage renewable energy development to meet a proportion of electricity demand. These policies, along with state and federal incentives and private sector demand, have motivated interest in renewable energy capacity, which is a function of available land. As global climate change has been driven by the combination of fossil fuel combustion and land cover change, renewable energy development is best achieved through...
The drivers of sugarcane expansion in Goiás, Brazil
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Stephanie Spera, Leah VanWey, Jack Mustard Between 2003 and 2013, sugarcane area expanded six-fold, from 142,000ha to 847,000ha, in Goiás State and the Federal District, Brazil. And while there has been much research on land-use dynamics of sugarcane expansion in established sugarcane growing regions, little is known about the dynamics associated with its expansion in sugarcane frontiers like Goiás. Understanding these dynamics provides critical information for environmental, economic, and political...
The consequences of changes of ownership for agricultural land use in Central European countries following the collapse of the Eastern Bloc
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Jerzy Bański One of the key factors shaping contemporary land use in Central and Eastern Europe has obviously been change of ownership, with the collapse of the nationalised sector and restitution of farmland to owners giving rise to such changes. The work presented here therefore considers the main directions to ongoing changes in land use in the above region, under the influence of the processes of privatisation affecting the agricultural sector. Specifically, analyses conducted entailed assessment of the...
High Speed Rail commuting impacts on labour migration: The case of the concentration of metropolis in the Madrid functional area
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Begoña Guirao, Antonio Lara-Galera, Juan Luis Campa The relations of dependence between transport accessibility, migration and the regional scope of labour markets have been widely studied in the literature. However little attention has been paid so far to labour migration derived from long-distance commuting favoured by relatively new transport technologies such as High Speed Rail (HSR). Even in France or Spain – both European countries with long experience in HSR commuting and the subject of extensive...
Defining agri-environmental schemes in the buffer areas of a natural regional park: An application of choice experiment using the latent class approach
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): L. Rocchi, L. Paolotti, F.F. Fagioli Buffer areas can be created for improving the sustainable management of Protected Areas (PAs). These areas differ in their governance both from the park and from the rest of the territory. In the present study, we used choice experiments for identifying a set of political environmental measures to be applied in the buffer areas of the Trasimeno Regional Park (Region of Umbria). Particularly, we focused our attention on the role played by the farmers in those areas. We...
Use of citrus pulp for biogas production: A GIS analysis of citrus-growing areas and processing industries in South Italy
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Francesca Valenti, Simona Maria Carmela Porto, Gaetano Chinnici, Roberta Selvaggi, Giovanni Cascone, Claudia Arcidiacono, Biagio Pecorino Among the renewable energy sources, the production of biogas from biomass by anaerobic digestion has developed significantly in the last twenty years in Italy, especially in the North. In this field, a new concept proposes the production of biogas in a more sustainable way by a sustainable intensification of crop rotation, use of agro-industrial wastes, and...
Toward a systemic monitoring of the European bioeconomy: Gaps, needs and the integration of sustainability indicators and targets for global land use
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 66 Author(s): Meghan O’Brien, Dietmar Wechsler, Stefan Bringezu, Rüdiger Schaldach The contribution of the EU bioeconomy to sustainable development depends on how it is implemented. A high innovation potential is accompanied by considerable risks, in particular regarding the exacerbation of global land use conflicts. This article argues that a systemic monitoring system capable of connecting human-environment interactions and multiple scales of analysis in a dynamic way is needed to ensure that the EU bioeconomy...

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