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Characterising spatial and temporal patterns of urban evolution in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Accra, Ghana
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Prosper Issahaku Korah, Tony Matthews, Deanna TomeriniAbstractRapid urbanisation and globalisation are creating relentless spatial transformation across the globe. There is a growing interest in understanding and conceptualising the emergent and often contested spatial morphologies and typologies in cities as they mediate the competing demands of global and local forces. This paper examines spatial and temporal development patterns in a Sub-Saharan Africa context using Accra, the capital and rapidly growing city...
Ecological restoration under rural restructuring: A case study of Yan’an in China’s loess plateau
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Jieyong Wang, Yanjiao Liu, Yuri LiAbstractThe contemporary ecological projects paid more attention to the coordination between ecological restoration and rural development. China have launched the world’s largest Grain for Green Program and made significant achievements in this respect in south-west and north-west regions. This paper uses Yan’an as its case study location to bring the detailed spatiotemporal process of vegetation restoration to light and interpret the role of socioeconomic restructuring in...
Riparian-forest buffers: Bridging the gap between top-down and bottom-up restoration approaches in Latin America
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Paula Meli, Alicia Calle, Zoraida Calle, Claudia I. Ortiz-Arrona, Martín Sirombra, Pedro H.S. BrancalionAbstractThe large-scale forest restoration pledges made by many Latin American countries are expected to be mostly implemented in rural areas, where competition for land with agriculture and lack of farmer engagement may prevent forest expansion. Planning for forest restoration actions must combine policy-driven approaches (top-down) that set national and regional targets, with site-specific objectives based on...
Modeling the impacts of coastal land use changes on regional carbon balance in the Chiku coastal zone, Taiwan
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Chang-Chieh Chiu, Pierre-Alexandre Château, Hsing-Juh Lin, Yang-Chi ChangAbstractThe Chiku coastal zone in Taiwan is characterized by dynamic aquaculture and tourism sectors around the lagoon ecosystem. Recent research efforts focused on the carbon absorption capacity and the interactions between the aquaculture industry and the lagoon. Further exploring land use dynamics in Chiku would enable integration of the findings of these studies into a more comprehensive framework of analysis and would improve estimation...
Searching for market integration: Evidence from Ukrainian and European Union rapeseed markets
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Mariusz Hamulczuk, Oksana Makarchuk, Edgardo SicaAbstractTrade liberalization and globalization processes are resulting in an increased spatial integration of agricultural commodity markets. According to the Heckscher-Ohlin model, land-abundant countries like Ukraine should export land-intensive goods. Therefore, the international integration of commodity markets should lead to the integration of factor markets, land markets among them. Biofuel expansion in the European Union constitutes a chance for a stronger...
Changing urban green spaces in Shanghai: trends, drivers and policy implications
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Zhen Wu, Ruishan Chen, Michael E. Meadows, Dhritiraj Sengupta, Di XuAbstractUrban green spaces play a range of significant roles and have a positive influence on the quality of life in cities. Shanghai, a major economic and financial center in China, has set its goal to become a more ecologically integrated and livable city. The urban authorities envisage Shanghai as “a city in the forest, a forest in the city”. To achieve this greener future, the government has developed a series of policies to improve urban...
New perspectives in land use mapping based on urban morphology: A case study of the Federal District, Brazil
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Kássia Batista de Castro, Henrique Llacer Roig, Marina Rolim Bilich Neumann, Maria Silvia Rossi, Ana Paula Albuquerque Campos Castalonga Seraphim, Weeberb João Réquia, Alexandre Barbosa Brandão da Costa, René HöferAbstractThe Federal Districtof Brazilis characterized by intense and uncontrolled urban expansion and growing economic inequality, that is strongly reflected in absence of appropriated land use planning. The inability to effectively manage land use has resulted in unconstrained appropriations of...
Conceptualizing urban space (environment) for the delivery of sustainable urban development in Africa: evidence from Enugu City in Nigeria
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): D.C. Okeke, Ukonze IfeomaAbstractIn recent decades, the concept of urban space has undergone transition from its traditional physical concept to a social concept that reflects the human context. The transition, which reside in social sciences narrative, defines the human context of urban space from different behavioral perspectives. The analytical frame of this narrative shows that the fundamentally polysemic meaning of the terms space, place and territory are used interchangeably to designate urban space. The...
A framework for analyzing the effectiveness and efficiency of land readjustment regulations: Comparison of Germany, Spain and Israel
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Demetrio Muñoz Gielen, Nir MualamAbstractStudies about the effectiveness and efficiency of planning policies in general, and of land readjustment (LR) regulations in particular, face many challenges given the paucity of common methods that allow systematic comparisons between different contexts. This paper develops an analytical framework to study the effectiveness and efficiency of LR-regulations and applies it in Germany, Spain, and Israel. This framework defines several independent variables: LR regulation...
Fencing is our last stronghold before we lose it all. A political ecology of fencing around the maasai Mara national reserve, Kenya: Authors
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Teklehaymanot G. Weldemichel, Haakon LeinAbstractIn the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a state-controlled protected area in Kenya, and in its surroundings, a particular concern in recent years has been the proliferation of fencing in what once was an open landscape. The fencing poses challenges to both wildlife and the traditional pastoralism practised by Maasai communities, which were dependent on the presence of open communal land. The purpose of the article is to identify the root causes of the enclosure of...
Complementary land use in the Richmond River catchment: Evaluating economic and environmental benefits
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Leslie Beardmore, Elizabeth Heagney, Caroline A. SullivanAbstractAgricultural land uses can contribute to land degradation, water quality decline, and loss of ecosystem function and biodiversity in the surrounding catchment. Trees can assist in catchment management, and re-afforestation strategies have been implemented in an effort to mitigate agricultural impacts and improve degraded land and waterways worldwide. Re-afforestation strategies often target private land, and their success relies on landholder...
Worldwide research trends on sustainable land use in agriculture
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): José A. Aznar-Sánchez, María Piquer-Rodríguez, Juan F. Velasco-Muñoz, Francisco Manzano-AgugliaroAbstractCurrently, 42% of the world's population depends on agriculture for its livelihood, and agriculture drives the economy of most developing countries. Therefore, human life on our planet depends on its sustainability. Research on sustainable land use in agriculture has been gaining increasing relevance since the term ‘sustainable development’ was coined with the Brundtland Report in 1987. The objective...
Changing landscapes, livelihoods and village welfare in the context of oil palm development
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Truly Santika, Kerrie A. Wilson, Erik Meijaard, Sugeng Budiharta, Elizabeth E. Law, Meindra Sabri, Matthew Struebig, Marc Ancrenaz, Tun-Min PohAbstractThe United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals underscore the need for improved understanding of relationships between changes in landscapes, livelihoods, and social welfare, and how these relate to tackling poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. Such assessments are especially relevant in the context of oil palm agricultural expansion, which has...
Urban-biased land development policy and the urban-rural income gap: Evidence from Hubei Province, China
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Siliang Wang, Shukui Tan, Shengfu Yang, Qiaowen Lin, Lu ZhangAbstractDeveloping countries generally face the challenge of significant urban-rural divides during their process of industrialization and urbanization. Following the paradigm of the theory of urban bias (TUB), this article focuses on the urban-biased land development policy (UBLDP) in contemporary China, which refers that local governments expropriate rural land with the inadequate compensation and use a considerable share of net land revenue to develop...
Inclusiveness of contract farming along the vertical coordination continuum: Evidence from the Vietnamese rice sector
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Hélène A. Ba, Yann de Mey, Sylvie Thoron, Matty DemontAbstractThe Vietnamese government is currently attempting to upgrade rice value chains in the Mekong River Delta by encouraging (i) vertical coordination between exporters and farmers through contract farming, and (ii) horizontal coordination among farmers through the “small farmers, large field” program. Previous studies on the determinants of contract farming participation assume that firms offer only a single contract type, whereas in reality, farmers...
Land dispossessions and water appropriations: Political ecology of land and water grabs in Ghana
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Ellis A. Adams, Elias D. Kuusaana, Abubakari Ahmed, Benjamin B. CampionAbstractRecent land grabs in Sub-Saharan Africa are influenced by both land availability and access to water resources beyond seasonal rains. However, much of the literature has treated land grabs and their attendant water resource appropriations as separate phenomena until recently. This paper examines the complex interplay of land grabs and surface water appropriations in large-scale plantation agriculture in two agro-ecological zones in...
Urban challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable food security through smart cities and the 4th industrial revolution
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Wellyngton Silva de Amorim, André Borchardt Deggau, Gabriélli do Livramento Gonçalves, Samara da Silva Neiva, Arun R. Prasath, José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade GuerraAbstractThe several changes happening in environmental, social, economic, technological and geopolitical spheres of our society result in countless risks, challenges and opportunities for human development. The global population crosses 7.7 billion with the loss of biodiversity, increasing pressure on food, water, and energy resources...
Human appropriation of net primary production in Bangladesh, 1700–2100
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Riasad Bin Mahbub, Nahian Ahmed, Shupa Rahman, Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad SujauddinAbstractIn the global debate on environmental integrity, land system is one of the nine planetary boundaries. Bangladesh being one of the top densely populated but rapidly developing countries, lacking in statistical inventories, has a gloomy history of agricultural and infrastructural intensification at the expense of forest cover loss. However, to what extent its land has lost productivity due to land use changes is yet...
Who owns Brazilian lands?
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Gerd Sparovek, Bastiaan Philip Reydon, Luís Fernando Guedes Pinto, Vinicius Faria, Flavio Luiz Mazzaro de Freitas, Claudia Azevedo-Ramos, Toby Gardner, Caio Hamamura, Raoni Rajão, Felipe Cerignoni, Gabriel Pansani Siqueira, Tomás Carvalho, Ane Alencar, Vivian RibeiroAbstractLand tenure in many parts of Brazil remains uncertain and controversial. These problems have recently been exacerbated by changes in the legal framework regulating protected areas and the land market. A particular challenge facing attempts...
Spatial growth of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1973–2015): Patterns, rates, and socio-ecological consequences
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): François Mialhe, Yanni Gunnell, Oldrich Navratil, Daniel Choi, Chansopheaktra Sovann, Jérôme Lejot, Benoît Gaudou, Bunleng Se, Norbert LandonAbstractThis work maps and interprets the evolution of the urban footprint of Phnom Penh from 1973 to 2015 and reviews its main socio-ecological impacts. The quantified patterns of urban growth and land-use change are based on the processing and analysis of Landsat satellite images (MSS, TM, and OLI sensors) and are enhanced by observation- and interview-based information...