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Quantifying the net benefit of land use of fruit trees in China
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Chengqi Xia, Zhexi Liu, Xinhao Suo, Shixiong CaoAbstractFruit trees are an important forest resource because they simultaneously produce huge ecological and economic benefits. However, many estimates of these benefits have neglected the costs of providing these services, leading to ineffective planting of these trees and, consequently, reduced economic and ecological benefits. To understand the difference between the total and net benefits of ecosystem services, we used government statistics and data from published...
Scenario analysis for integrated water resources management under future land use change in the Urmia Lake region, Iran
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Bagher Shirmohammadi, Arash Malekian, Ali Salajegheh, Bahram Taheri, Hossein Azarnivand, Ziga Malek, Peter H. VerburgAbstractArid and semi-arid regions are particularly vulnerable to global environmental change because of their fragile climatic conditions. The rapid development of land use is expected to affect aquatic ecosystems in these regions. In this study, we focused on how land use change affects the stream flow and inflow to Urmia Lake in the Mordagh Chay basin, Iran. This case-study exemplifies dynamics...
Analyzing the factors influencing the choice of the government on leasing different types of land uses: Evidence from Shanghai of China
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Jing ChengAbstractIn this paper, the factors influencing the choice of the government on leasing different types of land uses in Shanghai of China are investigated. Based on the literatures and the interview with the officials of the Departments of Planning and Land Authority in Shanghai, some variables of the mathematical model for land leasing in Shanghai are presented. Then a multinomial logit model is proposed to estimate the probability and analyze the factors influencing the government on choosing different...
Strategic landscape-scale planning to improve mitigation hierarchy implementation: An empirical case study in Mediterranean France
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Charlotte Bigard, Pierre Thiriet, Sylvain Pioch, John D. ThompsonAbstractContinued urban development is a major cause of the loss of biodiversity. In this context, the objective of a No Net Loss (NNL) of biodiversity has been adopted in many countries worldwide. Reaching such an objective requires the application of the mitigation hierarchy, an environmental policy that aims to minimise the impact of urban development. It consists of a hierarchy transposed in France by a sequence of avoidance, reduction and, as a...
A review of land consolidation in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India: Qualitative approach
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Aswani Kumar Munnangi, Bharat Lohani, Subhas Chandra MisraAbstractLand consolidation (LC) is the most important and ignored land reform in India. It aims to consolidate fragmented agricultural landholdings into fewer and larger units. Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the only state in the country that is currently implementing it. Currently, 4497 villages in the state are under consolidation process. This paper explores LC activities in UP, their contribution to sustainable development goals (SDGs), and limitations of the...
Urban land and sustainable resource use: Unpacking the countervailing effects of urbanization on water use in China, 1990–2014
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Yan WangAbstractDespite substantial attention paid to the environmental outcomes of urbanization, explanations and evidence have been surprisingly mixed. Drawing on political economy arguments and the ecological modernization theory, this study addresses the gap in the literature by conceptualizing urbanization as an intertwining process of population concentration and land use intensification, and examines how these two dimensions influence water use at the local level. Panel data for total water use, per capita...
The role of innovation and knowledge networks as a policy mechanism towards more resilient peripheral regions
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Mariske van Aswegen, Francois Pieter RetiefAbstractThe potential role of innovation and knowledge networks in regional growth and development is well recognized. However, there has been scant reflection on its role as a policy mechanism, specifically for peripheral regions. In response, this paper investigates the role of innovation and knowledge networks as a policy mechanism towards more resilient peripheral regions. Through a multiple country policy analysis, the paper determines to what extent innovation and...
Airport noise and house prices: A quasi-experimental design study
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Xian Zheng, Wenwei Peng, Mingzhi HuAbstractIn this study, we investigate the benefits of reducing airport noise externalities based on a natural quasi-experiment on exogenous variation in aircraft noise from the relocated Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport in 1998. We collect housing transaction data from 1993 to 2006 in residential areas near this airport and employ the difference-in-difference method to measure the capitalization of noise externality into local house prices. Results show that the disappearance of aircraft...
Evaluating the vegetation restoration potential achievement of ecological projects: A case study of Yan’an, China
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Xin Xu, Daojun Zhang, Yu Zhang, Shunbo Yao, Jinting ZhangAbstractEvaluating the effects of ecological projects is important for summarizing past experience and for exploring more effective ways to implement land use policies in the future. The base of ecological restoration is vegetation restoration. Consequently, previous studies have predominantly focused on ecological restoration from the view of vegetation coverage improvement (i.e., the growth of a vegetation index). However, vegetation coverage also reflects...
Striving for global cities with governance approach in transitional China: Case study of Shanghai
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Huanming Wang, Zhe Cheng, Dajian ZhuAbstractMore and more cities in transitional China (e.g., Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen) have been striving to become global cities in the past three decades. To systematically study global cities, this paper adopted the pressure-state-response (PSR) framework to analyze Shanghai’s global-city development. The findings showed that Shanghai facing unbalanced and inadequate spatial fragmentation problems, such as social wealth gaps between urban and rural areas, and...
Factors affecting farmland rental in rural China: Evidence of capitalization of grain subsidy payments
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Jian Zhang, Ashok K. Mishra, Stefan Hirsch, Xiaoshun LiAbstractThis study investigates the factors affecting farmland rental prices in China. Special emphasis is put on the capitalization of China’s grain subsidy program into land rental rates. Using national representative farm-level data, Heckman sample selection model, and quantile regression (QR) approach, we find that a 10% increase in grain subsidy payments for contracted farmland increases the farmland rental price by about 1%. However, quantile regression...
Linking land tenure security with food security: Unpacking farm households’ perceptions and strategies in the rural uplands of Laos
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Oulavanh Keovilignavong, Diana SuhardimanAbstractLand tenure, or access and rights to land, is essential to sustain people’s livelihoods. This paper looks at how farm households perceive land tenure (in)security in relation to food (in)security, and how these perceptions evolve throughout different policy periods in Laos. The paper highlights the centrality of farmers’ strategies in configuring the dynamic relationships between tenure (in)security and food (in)security, by demonstrating how farmers’ perceived...
Effects of land-use change on the distribution of the wintering red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) in the coastal area of northern Jiangsu Province, China
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Cheng Wang, Gang Wang, Ziru Guo, Lingjun Dai, Hongyu Liu, Yufeng Li, Hao Chen, Yongxiang Zhao, Yanan Zhang, Hai ChengAbstractThe coastal area of northern Jiangsu (CNJ) is the largest silt coastal zone along the western Pacific Coast. This area is a newly established world natural heritage site and is also the largest winter habitat for the red-crowned crane in the world. However, rapid economic development in the study area has led to great changes in the types and intensities of land-use, which has had an effect on...
Impact model of urban development on steppic birds in natura 2000 spaces
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): J. Gutiérrez, J. Velázquez, A. García-Abril, A. Hernando, B. Sánchez, I. GómezAbstractUrbanization is one of the agents that contribute most to habitat fragmentation and is therefore a threat to biodiversity conservation. Connectivity improvement is the adaptation strategy most often cited to address species conservation in a changing environment.Many studies of protection at local and regional level zones usually show separate portions of habitat, defining the protected area, but they do not provide guidance...
The forests in the indigenous lands in Brazil in peril
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Mendelson Lima, Joine Cariele Evangelista do Vale, Gerlane de Medeiros Costa, Reginaldo Carvalho dos Santos, Washington Luiz Félix Correia Filho, Givanildo Gois, José Francisco de Oliveira-Junior, Paulo Eduardo Teodoro, Fernando Saragosa Rossi, Carlos Antonio da Silva JuniorAbstractThe Indigenous Lands in Brazil today resemble a steam locomotive, where the government and the indigenous add wood to the boiler and the conservationists push the brakes. Arranged on the rails and along the way of this locomotive are...
Conflict-induced displacement as a catalyst for agricultural innovation: Findings from South Sudan
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Elias Leonardo, Peter Dorward, Chris Garforth, Chloe Sutcliffe, Freddy Van HulstAbstractThis article explores how conflict-induced displacement influences agricultural innovation processes and systems, and its implications after the return home or permanent resettlement of smallholder farmers. Results show that high rates of agricultural innovation occurred during displacement in the Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005), many of which were maintained afterwards. Respondents cited the need for adaptation to new social and...
Modeling agricultural land use change in a rapid urbanizing town: Linking the decisions of government, peasant households and enterprises
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Min Xia, Yanyuan Zhang, Zihong Zhang, Jingjie Liu, Weixin Ou, Wei ZouAbstractAnalyzing and understanding land use decisions of government, peasant households and enterprises could help modeling agricultural land use change, which has taken place in China during the past thirty years. Taking Guanlin town, Yixing city, China as a case, land use data in 4 periods from 2006 to 2015 were used for analyzing agricultural land use change. With the consideration of land use decisions of government, peasant households and...
The spatial aspect of ecosystem services balance and its determinants
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Wanxu Chen, Guangqing Chi, Jiangfeng LiAbstractGlobally, the balance of ecosystem services in urban agglomerations is increasingly influenced by coupled human and natural systems. Studying the balance of ecosystem services has been an essential part of research into global environmental change and sustainable development. However, the existing literature lacks research about the spatial dependence and spatial spillover effects of the ecosystem services balance; this reduces the effectiveness of formulating and...
Does the establishment of development zones really improve industrial land use efficiency? Implications for China’s high-quality development policy
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Yifan Sun, Anbing Ma, Haorui Su, Shiliang Su, Fei Chen, Wen Wang, Min WengAbstractAs a popular form of land use worldwide, development zones (DZs) are selected and supported by authorities to accelerate structural transformation. Although the establishment of DZs is regarded to boost regional economic growth, whether or not it really improves industrial land use efficiency (ILUE) has not been adequately examined. Using firm-level data collected from Hangzhou, a typical megacity in China, geographically weighted...
Understanding the landscape dynamics from a devastated to revived cultural landscape: The case of the First World War in Flanders through the lens of landscape patterns
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Publication date: January 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 90Author(s): Hanne Van den Berghe, W. Gheyle, B. Stichelbaut, M. Van Meirvenne, J. Bourgeois, V. Van EetveldeAbstractThe First World War (1914–1918) wreaked an overwhelming damage in Flanders. Allied and German forces battled four years, transforming the pre-war landscape with scenic views into a destroyed landscape fully covered with craters. Afterwards, the landscape was entirely reconstructed by the help of local initiatives and by national and international policy. In this paper, changing landscape patterns are analysed...