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Gender determines scientists’ sustainability assessments of food-securing upgrading strategies
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): F. Graef, G. UckertAbstractPerception of the social, ecological and economic aspects of food security differs depending on the gender of the evaluating expert. Understanding these differences is key to developing upgrading strategies (UPS) that can help stabilise and enhance food security. This is highly relevant for research on food value chains (FVCs) in sub-Saharan Africa, where subsistence farmers are highly exposed to food insecurity. Prior to their implementation, however, the potential social, ecological and...
Looking at retail planning policy through a sustainability lens: Evidence from policy discourse in Finland
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Laura Yrjänä, Anahita Rashidfarokhi, Saija Toivonen, Kauko ViitanenAbstractThis study aims to identify and categorise the sustainability concerns raised in retail planning policy discourse, using empirical data from Finland. In order to identify the concerns, we conducted a critical discourse analysis of the policy discourse presented in media from 1990 to 2015. The analysis was conducted chronologically in order to understand the evolution of the sustainability concerns and the changes in the policy debate. To...
Climate change adaptation in Europe and the United States: A comparative approach to urban green spaces in Bilbao and New York City
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Francisco García Sánchez, William D. Solecki, Cecilia Ribalaygua BatallaAbstractClimate change adaptation policies in the United States and Europe have common aims but a different initial focus. While in the United States the principal factor when establishing adaptation plans and programs is based on risk control, the criterion in most European countries is directly linked to strategies of urban regeneration and sustainability. In both cases, cities are taking up the initiative to define adaptation strategies...
A comparative assessment of land suitability evaluation methods for agricultural land use planning at village level
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Duraisamy Vasu, Rajeev Srivastava, Nitin G. Patil, Pramod Tiwary, Padikkal Chandran, Surendra Kumar SinghAbstractDefining the relationship between soil characteristics and crop requirements must be the first step in planning future agriculture land use. The aim of the present study is to identify the constraints and potentials of major soils in a block of Telangana, India and evaluate them for crop suitability and propose agricultural land use plans (ALUP) at village level. Using IRS P6 LISS IV, Cartosat-I and DEM...
A classification to align social-ecological land systems research with policy in Europe
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Klara J. Winkler, Murray W. Scown, Kimberly A. NicholasAbstractBoth research and policy recognize land systems as fundamental to human life and activities. However, these two perspectives approach land from different ends and it can be difficult to see how studied variables contribute to broader policy goals. In this paper, we argue that there is a need to better select variables to study land systems as social-ecological systems, and to align research more with those policy goals. Concentrating on the European...
Communal governance, equity and payment for ecosystem services
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Tanya Hayes, Felipe MurtinhoAbstractPayment for Ecosystem Services (PES) presents a number of complex equity concerns when implemented in the context of communal resource management. This analysis contributes to our understanding of intracommunity equity and the role of communal governance in determining distributional equity outcomes, specifically in collective PES arrangements. The study examines the relationship between local governance and the distribution of collective payments in an Ecuadorian payment for...
Large-scale simultaneous market segment definition and mass appraisal using decision tree learning for fiscal purposes
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Fabián Reyes-Bueno, Juan Manuel García-Samaniego, Aminael Sánchez-RodríguezAbstractCadastral assessment aims at guarantying equity in the allocation of property taxes. Therefore, we must be able to massively determine property values through models that reflect, with the minimum error, the behaviour of land market in each region. Despite this imperative need, currently land valuation for cadastral purposes is plagued with subjectivity. A very extended bad practice for instance is to assume that variables of...
Exploring the feasibility of setting up community allotments on abandoned agricultural land: A place, people, policy approach
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Jean Marc Pace Ricci, Elisabeth ConradAbstractAgricultural land abandonment is a key driver of land use change in Europe. At the same time, urban land cover is expanding rapidly, often resulting in increasingly limited public access to green spaces. Within this context, this exploratory study sought to explore the feasibility of siting community allotment gardens on abandoned agricultural land within the small island state of Malta. Such an initiative could serve a dual purpose, i.e., limiting degradation of...
Net value of grassland ecosystem services in mainland China
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Xinyi Zheng, Junze Zhang, Shixiong CaoAbstractTo understand the difference between the value and the net value of ecosystem services (VES and NES, respectively), we used government statistics and data from published papers about the values and costs of grassland services to calculate their VES and NES in China. We found that when the associated costs (investment in ecological conservation and restoration, reduction of the risk of natural disasters, water consumption, and land rent) are subtracted from this total...
Overlapping land allocations reduce deforestation in Peru
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Christa M. Anderson, Gregory P. Asner, William Llactayo, Eric F. LambinAbstractOverlapping land use allocations, in which one parcel of land is allocated two or more times for different uses, either intentionally or unintentionally, are common globally. We assess how overlapping land use allocations impact forest cover change using Peruvian government data for the lowland Amazon. Results are based on propensity score matched difference-in-differences methods using 1-ha resolution forest loss data for 2000–2014...
Forest plantations’ investments in social services and local infrastructure: an analysis of private, FSC certified and state-owned, non-certified plantations in rural Tanzania
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Mohammed B. Degnet, Edwin van der Werf, Verina Ingram, Justus WesselerAbstractWith the rapid expansion of forest plantations worldwide, communities, NGOs and researchers are increasingly expressing their concerns about the outcomes of plantations’ activities for local households. This study investigates the perceptions of local households about forest plantations’ investments in social services and local infrastructure in rural Tanzania. We consider households living in villages adjacent to private, FSC...
The potential impact of economic policies on future land-use conversions in Argentina
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): M. Piquer-Rodríguez, M. Baumann, V. Butsic, H.I. Gasparri, G. Gavier-Pizarro, J.N. Volante, D. Müller, T. KuemmerleAbstractAgricultural expansion and intensification drive the conversion of natural areas worldwide. Scenarios are powerful tools to explore possible future changes in agricultural land use, how these may affect the environment, and how policies may influence land-use patterns. Focusing on Argentina’s prime agricultural areas, the Pampas, Espinal and Chaco, we developed spatially-explicit future...
The 1999 Tanzania land acts as a community lands approach: A review of research into their implementation
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Robin BiddulphAbstractIn sub-Saharan Africa, securing community lands has often been proposed as an alternative to programmes of individualisation, titling and registration (ITR). Recently, community lands proponents have advocated a hybrid approach incorporating statutory recognition of individualised tenure within community lands. Whether the ideological and practical tensions between communal and individualised approaches can be resolved in a coherent implementable programme remains open to question. The 1999...
Network approach to constructing theory of participation in spatial planning
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Nataša Lovrić, Marko LovrićAbstractAlthough importance of participation in public decision making is widely recognized in policy sciences, there is no consensus on what its preferred role and meaning would be. In the practice of European spatial planning, its outcome - impacts are peripheral, and there is no distinct theoretical explanation underpinning why this is so, and how the situation may be altered. The primary aim of the study is to tackle this issue; by developing initial step towards a theoretical...
Co-creating value in urban public policy contexts: A different approach
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Federica Fotino, Mario Calabrese, Mattia LettieriAbstractUrban areas face daunting economic challenges that have increased in scope in recent years. At the same time, cities provide for opportunities for growth and value creation. The interplay of these challenges and opportunities represents an area of intervention for policymakers and researchers.However, traditional approaches to urban policy deriving from managerial and economic policy theories present difficulties mainly related to capacities to counterbalance...
Forestland and rural household livelihoods in the North Central Provinces, Vietnam
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Thanh Viet Nguyen, Tuyen Quang TranAbstractThis paper examines the effects of forestland on household income, poverty and inequality among households in Vietnam’s poorest rural districts, the North Central Provinces. Randomly selected on the basis of their access to forest resources, 3200 households were interviewed. These people are extremely poor, with 54% living below the poverty line. Forest income constitutes about 17% of their total income; only wage income (37%) ranks higher. Such income is comprised mainly...
Dwarf cashew crop expansion in the Brazilian semiarid region: Assessing policy alternatives in Pio IX, Piauí
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Paulo Gustavo de Alencar, Giovana Mira de Espindola, Eduilson Lívio Neves da Costa CarneiroAbstractCashew crops are of great importance to small landholders in many tropical countries and grow in harsh semiarid climatic and soil conditions. Cashew crops have been economically and socially relevant in the Brazilian semiarid region since the 1960s, when governmental policies oriented to exportation began to encourage cashew nut production in large monoculture fields. Since then, cashew cultivation has been expanded...
Lands changing hands: Experiences of succession and farm (knowledge) acquisition among first-generation, multigenerational, and aspiring farmers
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 79Author(s): Michael CarolanAbstractSome are predicting that as much as 70% of the nation’s farmland will exchange hands between 2011 and 2031 (Dean, 2011). Given these changes looming on the food horizon, there is a need to better understand the processes, barriers, and opportunities related to intergenerational farm transfer, especially at the rural-urban interface. I draw upon data collected through interviews with five distinct populations: first-generation farmer, beginning (FGB); first-generation farmer, experienced...
A Spatial Integrated Database for the Enhancement of the Agricultural Custodianship Role (SIDECAR)—Some preliminary tests using Tuscany as a case-study Region
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Publication date: November 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 78Author(s): Laura Fastelli, Massimo Rovai, Maria AndreoliAbstractAgriculture plays a fundamental role in the provision and regulation of Ecosystem Services. As a result, the loss of farmland or its mismanagement may consistently reduce community well-being. This problem is particularly felt in the Mediterranean area, where pedoclimatic conditions and high anthropic pressure on scarce resources are making rural systems more fragile. Policy is a very important driver in the promotion of sustainable agriculture and soil...
Carbon emission from deforestation, forest degradation and wood harvest in the temperate region of Hindukush Himalaya, Pakistan between 1994 and 2016
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Publication date: November 2018Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 78Author(s): Adnan Ahmad, QI-Jing Liu, S.M. Nizami, Abdul Mannan, Sajjad SaeedAbstractRegional carbon emission related to deforestation, forest degradation, and wood harvest is critical in the development of national action plans and strategies for forest carbon management. In this study, using remote sensed and ground inventory data, deforestation, forest degradation, wood harvest and their integrated carbon losses between 1994 and 2016 in the temperate region of Pakistan were estimated. The present study revealed that...