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Rural tourism and Albergo Diffuso: A case study for sustainable land-use planning
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Nicola Cucari, Ewa Wankowicz, Salvatore Esposito De FalcoAbstractInternational organisations are increasingly aware of the sustainable development, and this has also affected the tourism industry. Albergo Diffuso (known in the international literature as a “scattered or dispersed hotel”) represents an interesting interpretation of sustainable “Made in Italy” tourism. This paper investigates the Albergo Diffuso as an example of sustainable community-based entrepreneurial land use. Although Albergo Diffuso...
When agrarian multifunctionality matters: identifying heterogeneity in societal preferences for externalities of marginal olive groves in Aragon, Spain
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Luis Pérez y Pérez, Pilar Egea, Tiziana de-MagistrisAbstractThe aim of the present study is twofold. The first is the analysis of societal preferences for externalities generated by marginal olive groves in Aragon (Spain). The second is the exploration of sociodemographic and personal determinants of these societal preferences. To achieve these purposes, an online survey has been administrated to a sample of 549 Spanish individuals, and the Best-Worst Scaling with a Latent Class Model approach has been applied. The...
A ‘capability approach’ to understanding loses arising out of the compulsory acquisition of land in India
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Jyoti RaoAbstractThis research re-examines the nature and intensity of losses, associated with the compulsory acquisition of private land for public projects, through the lens of the ‘capability approach.’ Through in-depth interview of forty-seven landowners in and around Bengaluru city, whose land is currently under notification for compulsory acquisition for the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, this research identifies eighteen functionings of land which are crucial to the well-being of...
Analyzing local opposition to biosphere reserve creation through semantic network analysis: The case of Baekdu mountain range, Korea
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Jae-hyuck LeeAbstractBiosphere reserves designate ecologically superior and sensitive areas for local biodiversity and sustainable use. Despite their promised benefits, some areas fail to be designated as biosphere reserves due to opposition by local residents. This study investigates the causes of failed biosphere reserve designation using a semantic network analysis of local resident meetings concerning designation of the Baekdudaegan mountain range as a biosphere reserve. The analysis results reveal that the main...
Open-access cloud resources contribute to mainstream REDD+: The case of Mozambique
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Catarina Lopes, Ana Leite, Maria José VasconcelosAbstractThe objective of this work is to investigate how Earth Observation data and processing platforms accessible on the cloud can facilitate the implementation of REDD+ in developing countries. For that, we explore newly available open-access satellite data, cloud processing, and a ready-made land cover map to assess the extent to which such resources can directly respond to monitoring and measuring, reporting, and verification requisites. Mozambique is one of the...
Uncertainties in assessing the extent and legal compliance status of riparian forests in the eastern Brazilian Amazon
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Sâmia Nunes, Jos Barlow, Toby Gardner, Márcio Sales, Dyeden Monteiro, Carlos SouzaAbstractRiparian forests play a vital role in conserving biodiversity, maintaining ecological connectivity and assisting the delivery of key ecosystem services (i.e. maintenance of water flows). Nevertheless, riparian forests are particularly threatened across the tropics, including in Brazil following widespread forest conversion for pasturelands and agriculture. Despite the significance of the landmark Brazilian Forest Code as the...
Fiscal autonomy of municipalities in the context of land taxation in the Czech Republic
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Jana Janoušková, Šárka SobotovičováAbstractThe polarity of views on land taxation in the individual EU Member States gives rise to an interesting comparison and finding a base that would capture the strengths of different approaches. This paper aims to assess the impact of legislative changes and land values on land tax imposed. The paper also provides a description of tax developments for each type of land in the Czech Republic, based on time series of tax imposed. The research is based on the evaluation of the...
Empirical analysis of flood risk perception using historical data in Tokyo
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Yukako Sado-Inamura, Kensuke FukushiAbstractUrban areas are vulnerable to natural disasters and require countermeasures to increase resilience. Cities located along coastal areas and rivers are increasingly facing flood problems. Urbanization in combination with climate change has increased localized torrential rainfall, causing more frequent floods in some areas. Local governments have implemented hard and soft measures to mitigate the potential impact; however, public awareness of flood risk is needed for these...
Alternative use of wheat land to implement a potential wheat holiday as wheat blast control: In search of feasible crops in Bangladesh
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Khondoker Abdul Mottaleb, Pawan Kumar Singh, Xinyao He, Akbar Hossain, Gideon Kruseman, Olaf ErensteinAbstractThe first occurrence of wheat blast in Bangladesh was confirmed in wheat (Triticum aestivum) fields in February 2016 and re-occurred in the subsequent years. This study explores the potential of alternative use of current wheat land as a strategy to combat the disease. Economically feasible alternative crops would need to be cultivated in the current wheat area by implementing a potential ‘wheat holiday...
How Community-Based Rangeland Management Achieves Positive Social Outcomes In Mongolia: A Moderated Mediation Analysis
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Publication date: March 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 82Author(s): Tungalag Ulambayar, María E. Fernández-GiménezAbstractEvidence-based policy guidance necessary for addressing mixed outcomes of community-based rangeland management (CBRM) is limited, dominated by case studies, and lacking coverage of diverse ecological settings. In remedy, we studied 65 traditional neighborhoods and 77 formally-organized CBRM groups across four ecological zones and investigated how and when CBRM obtains greater social outcomes than non-CBRM neighborhoods. We measured pastoralists’ social capital...
The integration of land use in public water reservoirs plans – A critical analysis of the regulatory approaches used for the protection of banks
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Carla Rodrigues, Teresa FidélisAbstractThe water reservoirs created by dams and used for public water supply, irrigation or electricity production, have several environmental, economic and social values, and constitute strategic reserves in periods of water scarcity. Reservoirs are vulnerable to the impacts of land uses on their banks and so require careful planning and development control. Systematic studies on how water reservoirs plans formulate land use rules are, however, scarce. In Portugal, reservoirs for...
An assessment of governance quality for community-based forest management systems in Asia: Prioritisation of governance indicators at various scales
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Tek Narayan Maraseni, Nabin Bhattarai, Bhaskar Singh Karky, Timothy Cadman, Niroj Timalsina, Trishna Singh Bhandari, Armando Apan, Hwan Ok Ma, R.S. Rawat, Nemit Verma, Su Mon San, Thaung Naing Oo, Kinley Dorji, Sindhu Dhungana, Mohan PoudelAbstractCommunity-based forest management systems (CBFMS) are becoming increasingly popular in developing countries where 31% of the total forest is either managed or owned by the community. This paper presents the results of a four-country study conducted in 2017 in Nepal...
Optimal mangrove restoration through community engagement on coastal lands facing climatic risks: The case of Sundarbans region in India
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Ram RanjanAbstractRestoration of mangrove forests through community involvement offers the promise of reaping multiple environmental dividends while simultaneously helping local communities augment their livelihoods through generating payments from ecosystem services. However, there exist several challenges to the success of such restoration projects. In this paper, one such key challenge, that of the risk of extreme climatic events, is considered. Optimal rate of mangrove restoration on public coastal lands is...
Interplay between the potential of photovoltaic systems and agricultural land use
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Luís Dias, João Pedro Gouveia, Paulo Lourenço, Júlia SeixasAbstractThe recent decrease in solar photovoltaic (PV) investment cost has transformed the attractiveness of the technology. Southern Europe has one of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, and policy makers are very keen to take full advantage of this resource for electricity and heat production. However, physiographic characteristics and specific land uses (e.g. agro-forestry and nature conservation) present important spatial constraints...
Comparative ecological network analysis: An application to Italy
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Andrea De Montis, Amedeo Ganciu, Matteo Cabras, Antonietta Bardi, Maurizio MulasAbstractEcological networks (ENs), i.e. compounds of a set of patches interconnected through a set of corridors, are major strategies for counteracting landscape fragmentation in stressed urban, peri-urban and rural domains. They are adopted in many cases worldwide and their success or difficult rooting can be used as a living indicator of the inclination of human settlements to favour the development of green systems. We aim at...
Optimal harvest cycle on Nothofagus forests including carbon storage in Southern America: An application to Chilean subsidies in temperate forests
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): N. Moreno, R. Moreno, J.R. MolinaAbstractDifferent countries may have passed through their forest transitions from net native forest loss to net exotic plantation expansion. More investment in global and national forest monitoring is needed to provide better support to increase sustainable forest management and reduce forest loss, particularly in native forests. These slow-growing forests could get involved in the voluntary carbon markets. In this sense, some international and national initiatives based on...
Land capability of multiple-landform watersheds with environmental land use conflicts
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Renata Cristina Araújo Costa, Gener Tadeu Pereira, Teresa Cristina Tarlé Pissarra, Diego Silva Siqueira, Luís Filipe Sanches Fernandes, Vinicius Vasconcelos, Luiz Alberto Fernandes, Fernando António Leal PachecoAbstractThis study introduces an improved method to assess land capability in the rural environment. Land capability, also defined as natural use, is a powerfull asset in land use planning and development of land use policies, because actual land uses that deviate from natural counterparts trigger...
Customary Land titling and inter-generational wealth transfer in Malawi: Will secondary Land rights holders maintain their Land rights?
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Sane Pashane ZukaAbstractMalawi promulgated Customary Land Act, 2016, as a step towards achieving triple objectives of land tenure security, efficient land-use and improved land market. Customary land, however, consists of multiple and competing land rights. Mobilizing the concept of intergenerational wealth transfer, this paper explores the extent to which secondary land rights are going to be preserved within the new law. The paper explores three questions namely: what provisions has the new law provided for...
Integrating ecological and socioeconomic criteria in a GIS-based multicriteria-multiobjective analysis to develop sustainable harvesting strategies for Mexican oregano Lippia graveolens Kunth, a...
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Llamas-Torres Irina, Bello-Pineda Javier, Castillo-Burguete María Teresa, Leyequien-Abarca Eurídice, Calvo-Irabien Luz María del CarmenAbstractMexican oregano is a non-timber forest product harvested in natural vegetation and represents an important source of income for rural families. Recent reports have highlighted decreases in natural populations caused by increased harvest intensity. Oregano leaf harvesting is a complex problem, involving different components and views, and has a clear spatial dimension. We...
Does the land use structure change conform to the evolution law of industrial structure? An empirical study of Anhui Province, China
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Publication date: February 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 81Author(s): Yang Yuting, Jiang Guanghui, Zheng Qiuyue, Zhou Dingyang, Li YulingAbstractLand is the space foothold of industrial development, and the reasonable development of industrial land is related to the reasonable allocation of land resources in a certain area. However, the traditional classification of industrial land is mostly based on its function, form or application, which covers the qualitative change of a regional industrial structure in terms of the change of the land use structure. To explore the heterogeneity...