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The failure of agri-environment measures to promote and conserve grassland biodiversity in Slovenia
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Mitja Kaligarič, Jure Čuš, Sonja Škornik, Danijel IvajnšičAbstractThe effectiveness of four grassland-specific agri-environment measures (AEM), implemented in the frame of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in the period 2007–2013 in Slovenia was studied. We questioned whether the measures – “extensive grassland maintenance”; “preservation of special grassland habitats”; “preservation of grassland habitats for butterflies” and “bird conservation in humid extensive...
Public policies for low carbon emission agriculture foster beef cattle production in southern Brazil
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Newton Borges da Costa Jr., Tiago Celso Baldissera, Cassiano Eduardo Pinto, Fabio Cervo Garagorry, Aníbal de Moraes, Paulo César de Faccio CarvalhoAbstractThis study aims to evaluate the impact of two complementary public policies, one federal, Low Carbon Agriculture program (ABC), and one from Santa Catarina state, the cattle beef development program of Santa Catarina. By the official rural credit of the ABC program, the federal government aims the sustainability of beef cattle by production practices with...
A tale of two neighborhoods: Toward a new typology of land rights
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Harel Nachmany, Ravit HananelABSTRACTIn recent decades, many states have considerably reduced their involvement in providing vital public services such as housing. This trend, manifested inter alia in the growing reliance on private initiatives, is redefining the state’s responsibility to delineate and protect the land rights of various individuals and groups. In this paper we propose a new typology of land rights, which relates not only to the conventional rights but also to rights derived from public and...
Development of China’s nature reserves over the past 60 years: An overview
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Yinzhou Huang, Jiao Fu, Wenrui Wang, Jing LiAbstractEstablishing nature reserves (NRs) is the most important way to conserve biodiversity in China. In this paper, based on time series, we briefly reviewed its development history. The result showed that the pace and scale of the development of NRs have varied over time, and the development was highly related to China’s economic and social development. Thus far, downsizing and downgrading still are the two major factors affecting the effectiveness of NRs. However...
Understanding barriers and opportunities for adoption of conservation practices on rented farmland in the US
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Pranay Ranjan, Chloe B. Wardropper, Francis R. Eanes, Sheila M.W. Reddy, Seth C. Harden, Yuta J. Masuda, Linda S. ProkopyAbstractAgricultural conservation programs often focus on farm operators when promoting conservation practices. However, much of U.S. farmland is owned by landowners not directly involved in farm operations. Rental arrangements on these lands can dis-incentivize the adoption of conservation practices that could improve soil health, water quality, and land values. To date, agricultural conservation...
Evaluating the effectiveness of land use plans in containing urban expansion: An integrated view
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Xiaoqiang Shen, Xiangdong Wang, Zhou Zhang, Zhangwei Lu, Tiangui LvAbstractKnowledge of the actual usage and impact of spatial plans remains deficient due to defective evaluation methods and scarce empirical studies. By integrating and widening the conformance and performance criteria, this study builds a framework for assessing the effectiveness of land use plans (LUPs), which provides a comprehensive overview allowing the different roles played by LUPs and the corresponding degrees of planning effectiveness to be...
Critical junctures and path dependence in urban planning and housing policy: A review of greenbelts and New Towns in Korea’s Seoul metropolitan area
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Chang Gyu Choi, Sugie Lee, Heungsoon Kim, Eun Yeong SeongAbstractThis study reviews greenbelt and New Town policy in Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Area as a case study by developing the step-wise critical juncture and path dependence repetition model originating in the historical institutionalism. The country is considered to be in a developmental state with significant power, and the capital region has been regarded as politically crucial, so the theory is more appropriately applied to the two policies’ changes...
The colour of maize: Visions of green growth and farmers perceptions in northern Laos
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Maarit Helena Kallio, Nicholas John Hogarth, Moira Moeliono, Maria Brockhaus, Robert Cole, Indah Waty Bong, Grace Yee WongAbstractThe rapid expansion of hybrid maize in the uplands of northern Laos is viewed by the government as meeting policy aims related to green economic development. Yet, growing evidence of negative consequences of maize expansion are emerging. Based on farmers’ perceptions, we study: (1) farmers’ reasons for adopting and abandoning maize, and; (2) implications of commercial maize expansion...
Who drives the formation and adoption of the "increasing versus decreasing balance policy"?—Evidence from a policy process analysis
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Yanfen Huang, Chao Zhang, Wei LiuAbstractThe “increasing versus decreasing balance policy (IDB)” is an important land use innovation in China and it transfers developmental rights from less productive rural land to more productive urban construction land. Since its initiation in 2000, it was soon adopted in almost all provinces in China. In the process of transferring developmental rights, what roles do different levels of governments play and why? To answer these questions, this research conducts a policy...
Exploring the adoption of precision agricultural technologies: A cross regional study of EU farmers
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): A.P. Barnes, I. Soto, V. Eory, B. Beck, A. Balafoutis, B. Sánchez, J. Vangeyte, S. Fountas, T. van der Wal, M. Gómez-BarberoAbstractPrecision agricultural technologies (PATs) allow more detailed management of in-field variability. Policy and advisory communities have championed PATs as a route to preserving natural capital whilst increasing productivity from agricultural land. A range of PATs are currently available for the agricultural producer but uptake varies by the type of technology and region. Whereas most...
Factors influencing technological practices in the Brazilian agrarian reform
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Jenifer Ferreira Gonzaga, Olivier François Vilpoux, Matheus Wemerson Gomes PereiraAbstractIn recent decades, agriculture has responded to technology-related changes with strong productivity growth. Despite this evolution, the adoption of new technologies by small farmers has been a consistent challenge. In the coming years, the adoption of technology should be an essential element for the survival of small producers. To follow this evolution, the objective of this research is to identify factors that influence the...
Impact of farmland characteristics on grain costs and benefits in the North China Plain
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Qian Wang, Junjie Qiu, Jin YuAbstractLand characteristics in general and socio-economic characteristics in particular are assumed to play important roles in the determination of grain costs and benefits. This study explores the effects of farmland characteristics on grain costs and benefits using a multilevel linear model. The data refer to 1282 grain plots of 566 grain producers in the provinces of Henan, Shandong, and Anhui in the North China Plain. The results show that the coefficients of the variables used to...
Analysis of the non-productive land use in Lithuania
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Vilma Šalkauskienė, Daiva Gudritienė, Edita AbalikštienėAbstractThe preservation of high-quality agricultural land and its proper use is a relevant task on a global scale. A specific problem is raised by the fact that agricultural land is a limited and a practically non-renewable natural resource. The use of land differs throughout the territory of Lithuania. Some areas are favourable to agriculture, while others are not. Less favoured agricultural areas include territories where agricultural activities are...
Characterizing outdoor recreation user groups: A typology of peri-urban recreationists in the Kromme Rijn area, the Netherlands
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Franziska Komossa, Emma H. van der Zanden, Peter H. VerburgAbstractIncreasing urbanization accompanied by a growing demand for recreational use of peri-urban green spaces is likely to cause land-use conflicts. The nature of these conflicts is subject to the heterogeneous preferences of outdoor recreationists. Although the importance of diversifying between recreational user groups has been acknowledged in the literature, most studies - and especially studies on landscape preferences - focus on specific user groups...
Application of LADM for disaster prone areas and communities
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Eva-Maria Unger, Jaap Zevenbergen, Rohan Bennett, Christiaan LemmenAbstractDisaster prevention, response and recovery require information about land tenure. Though, in many high-risk contexts, such records are non-existent or not up to date. As a result, vulnerable groups are often passed over by the government during risk management activities. At present there exists no dedicated tool for supporting land tenure recordation of all people-to-land relationships for the purposes of disaster risk management. More...
Identifying livelihood strategies and transitions in rural China: Is land holding an obstacle?
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Jian Zhang, Ashok K. Mishra, Peixin ZhuAbstractUsing nationally representative rural survey data from 2010 and 2014 in China, this paper quantitatively investigates the factors determining Chinese rural households’ livelihood strategies and dynamics in transitions. Using a multinomial probit regression and ordered logit regression (OLR), we find that human assets and transport facilities are the most important factors in improving the livelihood strategies of rural Chinese households. These factors also encourage...
Quantifying and understanding land cover changes by large and small oil palm expansion regimes in the Peruvian Amazon
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Emmalina A. Glinskis, Víctor H. Gutiérrez-VélezAbstractWith rapid increases in global food demand and production, oil palm expansion constitutes a major emerging challenge for forest conservation in Amazonia and other tropical forest regions. This threat is evident in the Peruvian Amazon, where local and national incentives for oil palm cultivation along with growing large-scale investments translate into accelerated oil palm expansion. Environmental sustainability of oil palm cultivation in the Peruvian Amazon...
Impact of an urban growth boundary across the entire house price spectrum: The two-stage quantile spatial regression approach
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Shishir MathurAbstractThis study provides evidence for the impact of an urban growth boundary (UGB) on house prices. The study employs a two-stage quantile spatial regression method on a dataset that inventories sales transactions of single-family houses within two miles of either side of the eastern boundary of the primary UGB in King County, Washington. The results show that while the UGB decreases house prices across the entire house price spectrum, the impact is uneven; it is most pronounced for houses in the 5th...
Local regulatory responses during a regional housing shortage: An analysis of rezonings in Silicon Valley
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): C.J. GabbeAbstractScholars have partially blamed high housing prices in many metropolitan areas on residential density restrictions. Santa Clara County is the geographic heart of California’s Silicon Valley and is one of the most expensive counties in the U.S. for renters and homebuyers. This research answers two questions about how municipalities change their zoning. First, how common are rezonings? Second, what are the determinants of density-increasing “upzonings” and density-decreasing “downzonings...
Responsive environments: An outline of a method for determining context sensitive planning interventions to enhance health and wellbeing
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Publication date: January 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 80Author(s): Mick Lennon, Owen Douglas, Mark ScottAbstractMuch thinking in planning for health and wellbeing is guided by a focus on the fair distribution of ‘goods’, such as proximity to accessible green space or the provision of facilities like outdoor gym equipment, cycleways and playgrounds. Less attention is focused on the aspirations which people seek these ‘goods’ to help realise. Hence, this paper presents and discusses an exploratory approach aimed at helping planning support user desires. It does so by...