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Preventing young farmers from leaving the farm: Investigating the effectiveness of the young farmer payment using a behavioural approach
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Daniel May, Sara Arancibia, Karl Behrendt, John AdamsAbstractThe number of young farmers has decreased over recent decades in several developed countries such as the United States and European countries. A recent strategy adopted by the European Union to address the resulting age imbalance is the Young Farmer Payment which provides an additional payment on top of the average basic payment introduced in the last Common Agricultural Policy reform. The objective of this study is to determine, by means of a behavioural...
Integrating green infrastructure and ecosystem services in land use planning. Results from two Finnish case studies
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Mina Di Marino, Maija Tiitu, Kimmo Lapintie, Arto Viinikka, Leena KopperoinenAbstractScientific advancements on Green Infrastructure (GI) and Ecosystem Services (ES) have been conducted by experts from several disciplines such as landscape ecology, landscape architecture and, more recently, regional and urban planning. However, there are still difficulties in defining and operationalizing GI and ES within planning. This paper explores the possibilities and obstacles in incorporating the GI and ES concepts into policy...
How did land titling affect China’s rural land rental market? Size, composition and efficiency
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Wenli Cheng, Yuyun Xu, Nan Zhou, Zaizhong He, Longyao ZhangAbstractBased on 2010–2015 official surveys conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, we apply the difference-in-differences method to study how the latest land titling reform in China affected the land rental market. While we cannot attribute the rapid growth of the land rental market during this period to the land titling reform, the reform did have a significant impact on the composition of renters and certain features of the rental transaction...
A systems thinking approach to water trade: Finding leverage for sustainable development
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Thanh Mai, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Adam Loch, K. Reardon-Smith, Duc-Anh An-VoAbstractWater trading has become a key water scarcity risk-management tool for irrigators. Effective and enduring water trade systems require approaches that can cope with dynamic complexity and enable the inclusion of multiple stakeholders. Previous efforts to improve water trade systems have largely focused on reductionist approaches, which examine system components in isolation neglecting their interconnected nature. Such approaches to water...
Hybrid evaluation approaches for urban regeneration processes of landfills and industrial sites: the case of the Kwun Tong area in Hong Kong
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Marta Bottero, Alessandra Oppio, Martina Bonardo, Giulia QuagliaAbstractLarge-scale urban regeneration is usually characterized by a complex decision environment in which several different stakeholders are expected to agree on a shared strategy. Contrasting interests, different values and diverse objectives make the issue particularly appropriate to be inquired throughout multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). This paper elects the Asian context as a case study to apply a multi-methodological evaluation approach...
The contributions of public policies for strengthening family farming and increasing food security: The case of Brazil
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Issa Ibrahim Berchin, Nei Antonio Nunes, Wellyngton Silva de Amorim, Gabriel Alfredo Alves Zimmer, Franciani Rodrigues da Silva, Vitória Haendchen Fornasari, Mihaela Sima, José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade GuerraAbstractEnsuring food security is one of the main challenges of the 21st century in developing countries. The aim of this study is to analyze how public policies contribute to the strengthening of family farming in order to increase the food security. The study encompasses a literature review of...
Developing viable, adjustable strategies for planning and management—A methodological approach
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): João Paulo FernandesAbstractThe problematic of the effectiveness of the processes of decision and development of strategies and plans and ensure their effectiveness is analysed and characterized. A methodological framework using classical management instruments like PESTEL, SWOT analysis and Business Scorecards is presented, where these instruments are developed and adjusted to the requirements of the development of strategies and plans and their long-term management, implementation and adjustment. This framework...
Assessing the coordination of ecological and agricultural goals during ecological restoration efforts: A case study of Wuqi County, Northwest China
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Daojun Zhang, Qiqi Jia, Xin Xu, Shunbo Yao, Haibin Chen, Xianhui Hou, Jinting Zhang, Gui JinAbstractWhile the Chinese Grain for Green (GFG) policy has reduced the area of cultivated land in several regions in China, the program’s effects on Per Unit Area Productivity of Cultivated Land (PAPCL) are not clear. As the positive or negative contributions of GFG to PAPCL can vary with context, it is of great theoretical and practical significance to study the correlations between the program and crop yields in order to...
Object-based modeling of restrictions on the sale of agricultural land
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Okan YildizAbstractFarmland is now being regarded worldwide as well as in Turkey as a limited resource. This situation brings with it the consequences of restrictions to ownership rights. In 2005, the Soil Protection and Land Use Law was enacted in Turkey, restricting the division and transfer of agricultural land via sale and inheritance. In view of international developments in the field of cadastre, these restrictions are considered to be legal land objects. By understanding the concept of object-based cadastre...
Turning water into wine: Exploring water security perceptions and adaptation behaviour amongst conventional, organic and biodynamic grape growers
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Sarah Ann Wheeler, Angelika MarningAbstractAustralian irrigators regularly experience drought conditions, placing water security as a critical issue facing agriculture, especially for permanent plantings such as grapes. This study explores irrigators’ water security perceptions and their water management adaptation behaviour using in-depth interviews and surveys with 37 conventional, organic and biodynamic grape growers in South Australia. Conventional growers’ water adaptation behaviour was primarily reliant on...
Effects of land fragmentation on the governance of the commons: Theory and evidence from 284 villages and 17 provinces in China
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Liangzhen Zang, Eduardo Araral, Yahua WangAbstractThe extant literature on the commons describes a large number of factors that could explain the drama of the commons or why some commons are managed well but others are not. However, little is known about the effects of land fragmentation on the governance of the commons. This question is important for developing countries, especially China where land holdings are highly fragmented with farmers having on average 4.127 plots of land. We employ ordered probit and step...
Natural factors or environmental neglect? Understanding the dilemma of a water crisis in a scenario of water plenty
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Jonatas Batista Mattos, Kaique Brito Silva, Roberto José da Silva, Thiara Helena Mota Almeida, Hogana Sibilla Soares Póvoas, Paulo Vagner Ribeiro da Silva, Ingrid Matos de Araújo Góes, Irlanda da Silva MatosAbstractThe objective of this study was to discuss how natural factors associated with poor land use policy and ineffective water resources management triggered a severe water crisis in a region with water plenty. The idea developed throughout the text is the result of a water shortage experience in a Brazilian...
Planning for the future: Combining spatially-explicit public preferences with tenure policies to support land-use planning
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Azadeh Karimi, Vanessa M. AdamsAbstractAllocating multiple land-uses in the landscape while accommodating social preferences is an overarching goal of an effective land-use plan. While there is momentum to include social preferences into planning, successful integration of preferences for multiple objectives, such as development and conservation, have been limited to date. Our aim was to examine how land-use designations can be modified to reduce conflict among multiple social preferences in a regional study area in...
Price volatility of agricultural land in Poland in the context of the European Union
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Piotr Bórawski, Aneta Bełdycka-Bórawska, Elżbieta Jadwiga Szymańska, Krzysztof Józef Jankowski, James W. DunnAbstractIn this paper the price volatility of land in Poland is examined during the years 1992-2016. The analysis concentrates particularly on stationarity, variation and GARCH. Differences in land price changes in particular provinces in Poland are presented and land prices in Poland are compared with other EU countries. The land market in Poland is diverse. Purchasers can buy land from private owners in...
Embodied pasture land use change in China 2000-2015: From the perspective of globalization
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Shan Guo, Li Jiang, Geoffrey Q.P. ShenAbstractRapid population increase, urbanization, and dietary changes present an increasing requirement for pasture lands for food processing in China. Globalization increases worldwide economic links. The displacement of pasture lands from one place to another occurs when goods are traded among industries and regions, thereby shifting pressures on local pasture land resources. This paper applies a systems input–output model to examine how pasture lands in China are used to meet...
When value conflicts are barriers: Can relational values help explain farmer participation in conservation incentive programs?
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Mollie Chapman, Terre Satterfield, Kai M.A. ChanAbstractAgri-environmental incentive programs seek to compensate farmers for changes to enhance ecosystem services and/or biodiversity, yet enrolling participants is a common challenge. We examine this challenge using a relational values lens, a framework developed here in reference to three key relationships of farmers to: their land, community and landscape. We then apply this framework to better understand participation in an incentive program for riparian buffers in...
Poor-drainage-induced salinization of agricultural lands: Management through structural measures
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Ajay SinghAbstractConvenient and sufficient water supply to crops is a necessity for sustainable food production to the rising total populace. Albeit adequate water supply is important for crop production, the surplus water in the rootzone is hurtful to plant development and yield. Poor drainage and associated salinization represent severe threats to the long-term sustainability of irrigated agriculture in several dry areas. Reducing soil submergence, salinity control, and making new land accessible for agriculture...
An indicator set to track resilience to climate change in agriculture: A policy-maker’s perspective
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Livia Bizikova, Patricia Larkin, Scott Mitchell, Ruth WaldickAbstractResilience-based approaches to climate change have yet to be widely applied in agriculture. In this sector, indicators have been centered on the impacts of climate on production systems, crops, yields, infrastructure, financial performance, farmers’ livelihoods and food security. This paper focuses on designing an indicator set to capture the resilience of agriculture to inform decision-making frameworks and policies. The indicators’ selection...
Climate change and natural disasters: Government mitigation activities and public property demand response
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Walter Hein, Clevo Wilson, Boon Lee, Darshana Rajapaksa, Hans de Moel, Wasantha Athukorala, Shunsuke ManagiAbstractThe level of public response to extreme catastrophes is considerably greater than concern over climate change. This research compares the public’s responses to extreme disasters and climate change when governments intervene to mitigate long-term climate change impacts. To do so we examine the property market behaviour in response to beach erosion and cyclone damage in Queensland, Australia. The results...
Delimiting urban growth boundaries using the CLUE-S model with village administrative boundaries
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Daquan Huang, Jing Huang, Tao LiuAbstractUrban growth boundaries (UGBs) have been adopted worldwide as a policy tool to control urban sprawl. However, the delineation of recently piloted UGBs in rapidly urbanizing areas of China has methodologically relied mainly on local officials’ personal willingness and urban planners’ work, thus lacking sufficient scientific evidence and reliable quantitative analysis. To fill this gap, this study simulates the spatial pattern of land use based on the CLUE-S model and land...