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Tourism and sustainable development of rural settlements in protected areas - Example NP Кopaonik (Serbia)
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 89Author(s): Dušan Ristić, Danijela Vukoičić, Miroljub MilinčićAbstractWith the formulation of tourism development strategies for the social and economic development of an area, rural tourism moved to a more complex phase of development. Numerous empirical studies have shown that different forms of rural tourism can have positive and negative effects on the natural and socio-economic context in the area where they are present. There are several methodologies for assessing the development of tourism in rural areas. One of...
Land use and decentralized government: A strategic approach for playing a short-sighted equilibrium
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 89Author(s): Aprile Maria Carmela, Chiarini Bruno, Marzano ElisabettaAbstractThis paper presents a simple strategic model (defined as a shortsighted game) to highlight the incentives for local governments to allow the exploitation of land in areas not suitable for such exploitation due to environmental or other risks. Municipal discretionary policy inevitably produces strategic complementarities and guides individuals to use the land (to choose the most beneficial “shortsighted” Nash equilibrium). In light of these results...
Towards a National Food Sovereignty Plan: Application of a new Decision Support System for food planning and governance
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 89Author(s): Giordano Stella, Roberto Coli, Angela Maurizi, Franco Famiani, Cesare Castellini, Mariano Pauselli, Giacomo Tosti, MariaElena MenconiAbstractThis paper develops a Decision Support System (DSS), for achieving Food Sovereignty Plans at different territorial levels. The DSS calculates the land requirement for producing the food needs of a local community, the land suitability for the involved crops, and the percentage of the food self-sufficiency achievable. The paper reports two case studies at different scales...
Spatial spillover effect on land conveyance fee—A multi-scheme investigation in Wuhan agglomeration
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 89Author(s): Chen ZengAbstractLand revenue in the context of socioeconomic and political transformation has aroused a new round of attention among local governments. In this study, we attempt to address the questions on how the spatial spillover effect functions in the regional land conveyance fee (LCF), whether close administrative relations produce great spatial spillover effect on LCF, and whether a narrow gap in land premium rate can generate a strong spatial influence. We apply spatial modeling techniques in three...
Stakeholder motivation for the conservation of sacred groves in south India: An analysis of environmental perceptions of rural and urban neighbourhood communities
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 89Author(s): U. Prashanth Ballullaya, K.S. Reshmi, T.P. Rajesh, K. Manoj, Margaret Lowman, Palatty Allesh SinuAbstractSacred groves (SGs) of south India are the local communities’ self-enforced spiritual institutions, which contain natural forests and swamps. Thus, the communities’ faith in traditional rituals and local deities are important for their existence. SGs preserve cultural practices of ethnic communities and conserve biodiversity. Although most of these groves can be found in rural areas, rapid urban annexation...
Trends and driving forces of China’s virtual land consumption and trade
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 89Author(s): Xu Tian, Martin Bruckner, Yong Geng, Raimund BleischwitzAbstractLand resources are important for China’s rapid economic development, especially for food and construction. China’s land resources are under tremendous pressures, and therefore land use is increasingly displaced to other parts of the world. This study analyses the evolution and driving forces of China’s land consumption from 1995 to 2015. The main results show that China’s land footprint increased from 8.8% of the global land resources under...
The structural and functional evolution of rural homesteads in mountainous areas: A case study of Sujiaying village in Yunnan province, China
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Kangchuan Su, Baoqing Hu, Kaifang Shi, Zhongxun Zhang, Qingyuan YangAbstractClarifying the structural and functional evolution and driving mechanism of rural homesteads at different stages is crucial for understanding the interaction and coupling of the human-land relationship in mountainous areas. Based on the typical case area household survey and Google Earth high-definition remote sensing image data, this study adopts participatory rural appraisal (PRA), a participatory rural mapping method and a driving...
Assessing the possibility of charging for public leasehold renewal in China
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): De Tong, Zhenguo Wang, Yu Hung Hong, Chengming LiuAbstractIn countries where public land leasing systems exist, government lessors have faced strong resistance on the part of lessees to charging fees to renew extended-term land leases. Many scholars have argued that this outcome is largely due to politics, i.e., not wanting to alienate constituents. In this paper, we look deeper into this issue guided by an analytical framework, which includes lessees’ perceptions of land property rights, the amount they pay for...
Evaluating the effectiveness of land-use zoning for the protection of built heritage in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, Myanmar—A satellite remote-sensing approach
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Ben Edwards, Tilman Frasch, Julia JeyacheyaAbstractThis paper analyses the effectiveness of land-use zoning for heritage protection in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, Myanmar. Bagan is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world for Buddhist built heritage, and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019. Beginning in the 9th or 10th centuries some 2500 religious monuments were built within the 60 square kilometre area of Bagan, a centre of kingship, Buddhist learning, and monasticism...
Forest fire hazard zoning in Mato Grosso State, Brazil
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Pedro Henrique Santos Mota, Samuel José Silva Soares da Rocha, Nero Lemos Martins de Castro, Gustavo Eduardo Marcatti, Luciano Cavalcante de Jesus França, Bruno Leão Said Schettini, Paulo Henrique Villanova, Hugo Thaner dos Santos, Alexandre Rosa dos SantosAbstractThis work aimed to map areas of forest fire risk in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Study area is located in Brazilian Midwest region. Defined risk factors were: land-use, vegetation, slope, terrain orientation, proximity to roads and trails...
Changes of traffic network and urban transformation: A case study of Xi’an city, China
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Zhaozhao Zeng, Bingjie Song, Xiaodong Zheng, Huan LiAbstractUrban traffic system plays a decisive role in structuring urban morphology. Sustainable traffic network can not only promote urban structure optimization, but also can achieve sustainable urban transformation (UT). Xi’an, one of the most important central cities in Western China, is selected as the research area. This research analyzes the change of traffic network in the process of UT by using road network density, road network connectivity and traffic...
The adoption of ecological fiscal transfers: An empirical analysis
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Felipe Luiz Lima de Paulo, Pedro Jorge Sobral CamõesAbstractThe ecological fiscal transfers (EFT) from states to municipalities were adopted by 16 of the 26 Brazilian states since 1990s to stimulate and compensate districts for achieving some environmental goals. This study aims to understand the adoption of this economic-policy instrument by Brazilian states and argues that the vertical relations between the federal and state governments increase the EFT adoption. The hypotheses are derived from the...
Unraveling local preferences and willingness to pay for different management scenarios: A choice experiment to biosphere reserve management
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Nekane Castillo-Eguskitza, David Hoyos, Miren Onaindia, Mikolaj CzajkowskiAbstractEconomic valuation of ecosystem services has emerged as a valuable tool to promote conservation and sustainable land management. Our study adds to this literature, by reporting the results of a discrete choice experiment used to analyse local population preferences and willingness-to-pay for selected ecosystem services resulting from different management scenarios in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (Biscay, Spain). The ecosystem...
Study of the effects of applying a new algorithm for the comprehensive programming of the hierarchization of land consolidation and exchange works in Poland
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Monika Mika, Przemysław Leń, Grzegorz Oleniacz, Krystyna KurowskaAbstractLand consolidation and exchange works have a significant influence on improving the spatial structure of rural areas in Poland. With regard to the fact that different rural areas in Poland are characterized by distinct spatial and technical parameters, as well as legal and land ownership status, a number of studies and analyses concerning the selection of the optimum features describing the specific area must be carried out. Long-term...
Effects of cover crops on multiple ecosystem services: Ten meta-analyses of data from arable farmland in California and the Mediterranean
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Gorm E. Shackelford, Rodd Kelsey, Lynn V. DicksAbstractCover crops are considered to be beneficial for multiple ecosystem services, and they have been widely promoted through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the EU and Farm Bill Conservation Title Programs, such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), in the USA. However, it can be difficult to decide whether the beneficial effects of cover crops on some ecosystem services are likely to outweigh their harmful effects on other services, and...
Legal barriers and enablers for reintroducing tides: An Australian case study in reconverting ponded pasture for climate change mitigation
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Justine Bell-James, Catherine E LovelockAbstractAcross the globe, areas of the floodplain have been converted to agricultural use – often at the expense of natural ecosystems. In Australia, coastal wetlands have been transformed to ‘ponded pasture’ for cattle grazing which has resulted in a loss of saline wetlands, increased methane emissions, and impacts on species like fish and birds. Reconversion of these areas to saline wetlands is a potential climate change mitigation strategy, but given they occur at...
Fertiliser adoption and sustainable rural livelihood improvement in Nigeria
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Emmanuel Donkor, Stephen Onakuse, Joe Bogue, Ignacio De Los Rios-CarmenadoAbstractPoor soil fertility emanating from land degradation is one of the causes of low crop productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, the issues of food insecurity and poverty have become prevalent in these countries. It is however imperative to explore agricultural innovations such as mineral fertiliser to improve soil fertility of the arable lands in Africa including Nigeria. In this study, we analyse the adoption of mineral...
Influential factors and classification of cultivated land fragmentation, and implications for future land consolidation: A case study of Jiangsu Province in eastern China
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Jing Liu, Xiaobin Jin, Weiyi Xu, Rui Sun, Bo Han, Xuhong Yang, Zhengming Gu, Cuilan Xu, Xueyan Sui, Yinkang ZhouAbstractCultivated land fragmentation (CLF) is one of the main obstacles hindering the development of agricultural modernization and mechanization. Systematically exploring the general distribution characteristics, influential factors and classification of CLF are of great significance for improving regional agricultural production capacity, promoting resource conservation and intensive use, and ensuring...
The making of smart cities: Are Songdo, Masdar, Amsterdam, San Francisco and Brisbane the best we could build?
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Tan Yigitcanlar, Hoon Han, Md. Kamruzzaman, Giuseppe Ioppolo, Jamile Sabatini-MarquesAbstractTransforming urban areas into prosperous, liveable, and sustainable settlements is a longstanding goal for local governments. Today, countless urban settlements across the globe have jumped into the so-called ‘smart city’ bandwagon to achieve this goal. Under the smart city agenda, presently, many government agencies are attempting to engineer an urban transformation to tackle urban prosperity, liveability, and...
Land-use decision support in brownfield redevelopment for urban renewal based on crowdsourced data and a presence-and-background learning (PBL) method
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Yilun Liu, A-Xing Zhu, Jingli Wang, Wenkai Li, Guohua Hu, Yueming HuAbstractBrownfield assessment is a crucial precondition for sustainable urban renewal. In particular, brownfield assessment usually involve a large amount of data and information relevant to urban or land dynamic. However, obtaining these data and information in fine scale has been especially challenging via traditional datasets (like surveyed or statistics datasets). This paper proposes a method for integrating crowdsourced datasets and...