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Productivity and efficiency impact of climate change and agroecology on Bangladesh agriculture
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Sanzidur Rahman, Asif Reza AnikAbstractThe paper estimates the impacts of climate change, agroecological and socio-economic characteristics on agricultural productivity and efficiency changes in Bangladesh agriculture using a rich panel dataset of 17 regions covering a period of 61-years (1948–2008). Results revealed that land has the most dominant role in increasing agricultural production followed by labour and irrigation. The contribution of non-cereal crops (i.e., potatoes, pulses, oilseeds, jute and cash crops...
Contextualized effects of Park access and usage on residential satisfaction: A spatial approach
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Wenjie Wu, Guanpeng Dong, Yeran SUN, Yanwen YunAbstractThe spatial implications of urban parks on people’s residential satisfaction are fueled by the desire to mitigate the rise of environmental injustice concerns in the developing world. While previous studies have examined the socio-spatial differentiation of park access and residential satisfaction, direct evidence on the role of park usage to play has been limited. This study shifts the focus from access to usage and quantitatively assess their associations with...
Evaluation of the environmental effects of intensive land consolidation: A field-based case study of the Chinese Loess Plateau
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Meina He, Yunqiang Wang, Yongping Tong, Yali Zhao, Xiaoke Qiang, Yougui Song, Li Wang, Yi Song, Guangdong Wang, Chunxiong HeAbstractThe large-scale implementation of the Grain for Green project on the Chinese Loess Plateau since 1999 has greatly increased the vegetation coverage and rapidly decreased the agricultural land by converting slope cropland to planted vegetation (forest and grasslands). However, the geological, hydrological, ecological, and agricultural effects of the Gully Land Consolidation (GLC) project...
Analyzing the Benin Land Law: An alternative viewpoint of progress
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Philippe Lavigne DelvilleAbstractEkpodessi and Nakamura recently published in Land Use Policy a paper on the 2013 Benin Land Law, the stated objective of which was to evaluate its effectiveness. The 2013 Land Law is mainly limited to reforming land administration bodies and does not alter the underpinnings of existing land law. On the contrary, it reaffirms the focus on private ownership and aims at simplifying and reducing the costs for accessing a land title. A new agency responsible for land administration has been...
The impact of exurban development on forested areas in Kurgan City, Russia
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Daria PonstingelAbstractExurban communities—a significant form of urban sprawl—can transform natural land cover. Exurban development refers to an expansion of communities located outside a city and its suburbs. One of the main reasons these settlements develop is a desire by residents to live closer to nature and developers’ recognition of the profitability of addressing this desire. Additionally, exurbs can become prosperous regions settled by people with high income. However, exurban development not only...
An optimization-based framework for housing subsidy policy in China: Theory and practice of housing vouchers
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Yuzhe Wu, Jiaojiao Luo, Yi PengAbstractRapid urbanization has transformed cities by improving the quality and quantity of production factors, such as population, land, and capital gain optimization. However, housing problems of the floating population (liudong renkou) have seriously increased during the urbanization process. This study reviews the history of indemnificatory housing development in China and explore its effectiveness in the context of sustainable urbanization. Difficulties in the housing subsidy policy...
Urban proximity, demand for land and land shadow prices in Malawi
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Sarah E. Tione, Stein T. HoldenAbstractWe assess the spatial and intertemporal variation in farmland prices using per hectare minimum willingness to accept (WTA) sales and rental (shadow) prices in Malawi. We use three rounds of nationally representative farm household panel data from the Living Standards Measurement Surveys (LSMS), collected in 2010, 2013 and 2016. The sample is split in quintiles based on distance from the nearest major city, building on the land valuation and transaction cost theory, and agrarian...
Economic impacts of smallholder farmers’ adoption of drought-tolerant maize varieties
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Edward Martey, Prince M. Etwire, John K.M. KuwornuAbstractDrought and high temperatures are major threats to sustainable food production and consequently the livelihoods of the majority of Africans who depend on fragile agricultural systems. As a response to these threats, climate-smart agricultural technologies, such as drought-tolerant maize (DTM) varieties, have been developed and promoted on the continent. It is well-known that the adoption of improved technologies generally impacts positively on the wellbeing of...
Changing imbalance: Spatial production of national high-tech industrial development zones in China (1988-2018)
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Liang Zhuang, Chao YeAbstractScience parks are popular in most countries of the world. In China they have taken the form of National High-Tech Industrial Development Zones (NHTIDZs), which have demonstrated special spatiotemporal characteristics over the past thirty years. NHTIDZs, as exclusive spaces, epitomize the close relationship between governmental power and urbanization, and have become an organizational form of the production of space. However, little research has been carried out into the spatial production of...
Impact of national policies on patterns of built-up development: an assessment over three decades
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Simona R. Grădinaru, Peilei Fan, Cristian I. Iojă, Mihai Răzvan Niță, Bogdan Suditu, Anna M. HerspergerAbstractGlobally, built-up development is taking place at unprecedented rates. To mitigate and limit its effects, recent scientific and spatial planning communities call for built-up management to be addressed on broader scales, from regional to national, and coordinated with multiple policy domains. In this paper, we aimed to analyze the evolution and impact of Romania’s national policies on built-up management...
Evaluating how we evaluate success: Monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management in Payments for Watershed Services programs
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Katherine Brownson, Laurie FowlerAbstractPayments for Watershed Services (PWS) programs have become an increasingly popular policy mechanism both in the U.S. and abroad. These programs are used to meet a variety of objectives, including improving the quality and quantity of water supplies, protecting endangered species, and advancing rural livelihoods. Monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management are important for filling fundamental knowledge gaps and improving the efficacy of PWS on the ground. However, relatively...
Changes in Brazil’s Forest Code can erode the potential of riparian buffers to supply watershed services
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Vinicius Guidotti, Silvio Frosini de Barros Ferraz, Luis Fernando Guedes Pinto, Gerd Sparovek, Ricardo H. Taniwaki, Lara Gabrielle Garcia, Pedro H.S. BrancalionAbstractIn Brazil, the Forest Code requires landholders to maintain fixed-width buffers of native vegetation along watercourses – legally called Areas of Permanent Preservation (APPs). In 2012, agricultural activities started to be partially allowed in APPs, but only if best management practices on soil and water conservation are adopted and if a narrow buffer...
A social-media-based approach to assessing the effectiveness of equitable housing policy in mitigating education accessibility induced social inequalities in Shanghai, China
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Lirong Hu, Shenjing He, Yun Luo, Shiliang Su, Jing Xin, Min WengAbstractSocial inequalities induced by education accessibility are widespread and concern land use policy makers globally. Yet much of existing research heavily emphasizes on uncovering the spatial patterns of housing price in relation to education resources. This paper aims to renew our understanding of this classical topic by bringing the importance of temporal and institutional dynamics to the fore. Specifically, this research presents a detailed...
Rethinking “development”: Land dispossession for the Rampal power plant in Bangladesh
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Muhammad Shifuddin Mahmud, Dik Roth, Jeroen WarnerAbstractIn this article, we critically review the developmental claims made for the construction of the Rampal power plant in southwestern Bangladesh, in the light of evidence about transformations of land control related to this construction project. Land has become a heavily contested resource in the salinity-intruded southwestern coastal area of Bangladesh. Changes in land control for the construction of the Rampal power plant and similar projects have intensified...
Implementing a land value tax: Considerations on moving from theory to practice
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Cathy Hughes, Sarah Sayce, Edward Shepherd, Pete WyattAbstractA land value tax is a recurrent tax on landowners based on the value of unimproved land. There is a widely held view that a land value tax is an economically efficient means of taxing wealth and of encouraging land development. The arguments presented in the policy and academic literature tend to concentrate on the compelling theoretical case, but most do not consider the detail of how such a tax might be implemented. Indeed, land value taxation is not widely...
Challenging the obsession with local level institutions in country ownership of climate change adaptation
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Jessica OmukutiAbstractWorking with local level actors to enable country ownership is applauded within the multilateral climate finance landscape. However, are emerging adaptation interventions equitable by reflecting the priorities of local level vulnerable populations? This research sought to find out whether the engagement of local institutions in projects that seek to achieve country ownership enabled local level vulnerable groups to participate in and influence adaptation decision-making processes and outcomes...
Back to the Forest’s future: Guiding principles of German forest stakeholders and their impact on the forestry sector
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Yvonne Hengst-Ehrhart, Ulrich SchramlAbstractLong-term planning is an important aspect of forestry. The future-oriented guiding principles of forestry stakeholders impact their decisions and therefore the future of the sector. Forestry faces major challenges due to global changes. At the same time, the ability of traditional forestry stakeholders to manage uncertainty and ensure sustainable management is increasingly being questioned from both within and outside the sector. To study the shared and conflicting guiding...
The role of systems thinking in cover crop adoption: Implications for conservation communication
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Sarah P. Church, Junyu Lu, Pranay Ranjan, Adam P. Reimer, Linda S. ProkopyAbstractTo address critical water quality problems, significant public and private sector resources in the U.S. have been directed to promoting and supporting the adoption of conservation practices. Cover crops, in particular, have been a focus of outreach and policy efforts due to their multiple benefits for crop production, carbon sequestration, soil health, and water quality. We hypothesize that Indiana’s state and local agencies have...
Population pressure and soil quality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Panel evidence from Kenya
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Francisco M.P. Mugizi, Tomoya MatsumotoAbstractPopulation pressure on farmlands can have two opposing effects on soil quality. It can negatively affect soil quality due to more frequent and intensive use of farmlands, but also can induce transition of farming methods towards more intensive farming in which more fertilizer and improved seeds are used in order to make smaller farmlands more productive. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the net effect is likely to be negative given the region’s current low fertilizer use. Recent...
Land tenure as a cause of tensions and driver of conflict among mining communities in Karamoja, Uganda: Is secure property rights a solution?
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Publication date: May 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 94Author(s): Margaret A. RugadyaAbstractThis paper offers insight on the missed narrative of land and resource conflict beneath the reality of gemstones and ores in the inchoate industry of limestone, marble and gold mining by communities in Karamoja – Uganda. Land tenure is often overlooked as a cause of tension or driver of conflicts especially in the design of responses to conflict situations in mining areas. Land tenure is considered to be an intricate, historical and perplexing factor in conflict, and the response to its...