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Urban land contestations, challenges and planning strategies in Malawi’s main urban centres
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Evance Mwathunga, Ronnie Donaldson The paper commences with a brief reflection on some examples of urban strategies and challenges encountered by the state authorities in their effort to impose the abstract space of modernity as envisioned in urban master plans. The focus then shifts to urban challenges faced by authorities in Malawian urban centres, and concludes with the strategies adopted to deal with these challenges. The research relied on primary sources of data and interviews conducted with 19 key...
Forest plantations and climate change discourses: New powers of ‘green’ grabbing in Cambodia
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Arnim Scheidel, Courtney Work Efforts to combat global climate change through forestry plantations designed to sequester carbon and promote sustainable development are on the rise. This paper analyses the trajectory of Cambodia´s first large-scale reforestation project awarded within the context of climate change mitigation. The 34,007 ha concession was formally conceived to promote sustainable resource use, livelihood improvements and emission reduction. On the ground, however, vast tracks of diverse...
Searching for the entrepreneurs among new entrants in European Agriculture: the role of human and social capital
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Emilio Pindado, Mercedes Sánchez, Jos A.A.M. Verstegen, Thomas Lans It is stated that farmers need to become more entrepreneurial to compete in modern agriculture. Much of the literature on agricultural entrepreneurship, however, has been focused on established farmers and little is known about what determines this behaviour among new entrants. New entrants may provide a robust answer to the call for entrepreneurialism in agriculture. This paper examines the drivers for entrepreneurialism among 1,877...
Spatial distribution of nature reserves in China: Driving forces in the past and conservation challenges in the future
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Jian Wu, Yazhen Gong, JunJie Wu Nature reserves are hubs of biodiversity conservation in China, but their spatial distributions are not in line with the priority set based on biological criteria. This raises some fundamental questions: What caused this discrepancy? How was the spatial distribution of nature reserves determined in China? This paper aims to address these questions using a unique nation-wide county-level database. Our results reveal that although ecological factors play a significant role...
The local costs of biodiversity offsets: Comparing standards, policy and practice
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Cécile Bidaud, Kate Schreckenberg, Julia P.G. Jones Biodiversity offsets seek to counterbalance loss of biodiversity due to major developments by generating equivalent biodiversity benefits elsewhere, resulting, at least in theory, in ‘no net loss’ (or even a ‘net positive gain’) in biodiversity. While local costs of major developments themselves receive significant attention, the local costs of associated biodiversity offsets have not. In low income countries, where local populations often...
Tea plantations as a driving force of long-term land use and population changes in the Eastern Himalayan piedmont
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Paweł Prokop Reconstructing the long-term impacts of tea plantations on land use and cover (LULC) change over time is important for making policy decisions on management and conservation. This can be very effectively done by integrating historical and remote sensing data; however, such approach has rarely been used to date. The present study analysed the role of the large tea plantation system in the forest cover change in 2105.9 km2 of the Himalayan piedmont in India’s West Bengal state, from the first...
Nordic agriculture under climate change: A systematic review of challenges, opportunities and adaptation strategies for crop production
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Lotten Wiréhn The Nordic countries’ agricultural sector is potentially considered both a winner and loser in relation to climate change. With effective adaptation management, climate change could lead to increased agricultural productivity. Yet if concurrent challenges are left unaddressed, productivity losses may impede gains. Thus, adaptation to climate change is key both to avoid negative consequences and to benefit from opportunities. This paper conducts the first systematic literature review of...
Contesting conventional wisdom on the links between land tenure security and land degradation: Evidence from Ethiopia
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Tsegaye Moreda This paper examines the relationship between land tenure security and land degradation. It investigates how land degradation is viewed, and, in turn, managed by rural land users in Ethiopia through a case study in two districts of the Amhara region. Many have argued that Ethiopia’s land tenure system lacks the tenure security required to stimulate investment for enhanced agricultural productivity and sustainable land use. The state’s continued ownership of land has been widely criticized...
Rethinking biodiversity governance in European agricultural landscapes: Acceptability of alternative governance scenarios
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Sarah Velten, Tamara Schaal, Julia Leventon, Jan Hanspach, Joern Fischer, Jens Newig Biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes continues to be a key challenge in the European Union (EU). However, to date the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is central for addressing this issue, has proven ineffective in improving biodiversity outcomes. In contrast to solutions that focus on individual policies or measures, we take a holistic approach to explore changes in the broader governance...
Exploring the labour productivity of agricultural systems across European regions: A multilevel approach
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Elias Giannakis, Adriana Bruggeman Agricultural productivity varies greatly among agricultural systems and among regions in Europe. A multilevel logistic regression model was applied to investigate the labour productivity of the six main agricultural systems across European NUTS2 regions. K-means and two-step clustering methods were used to classify European regions based on the agricultural systems’ standard output per annual work unit. We analysed the effect of environmental (soil erosion, rainfed...
Is Urban Land Development Driven by Economic Development or Fiscal Revenue Stimuli in China?
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Cheng Shu, Hualin Xie, Jinfa Jiang, Qianru Chen Since the reform and opening-up, urban land development in China mainland has been increasing dramatically with significant regional differences. Using the panel data of municipal districts in 246 cities at the prefectural or higher levels in Chinese mainland from 2004 to 2014, based on the analysis of the differences in land development intensity in municipal districts, a model of factors affecting land development is built to verify whether the urban...
Women and farmland preservation: The impact of women’s participation in farmland management governance in Japan
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Taisuke Takayama, Atsushi Horibe, Tomoaki Nakatani Women’s empowerment is considered vital for successful natural resource management. However, owing to the problem of reverse causality, previous empirical studies have uncovered little evidence that enhancing women’s presence in community institutions for natural resource management leads to resource preservation. This study explores the causal impact of women’s participation in farmland management governance in Japan on farmland preservation. In...
Region-specific budgeting of rural development funds—An application study
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Ewa Kiryluk-Dryjska, Patrycja Beba We propose a method for region-specific budgeting of European Union rural development funds, based on objectively measured indexes of rural development. The indexes are calculated based on statistical data with the use of factor analysis. Next, they are implemented in a linear programming model in order to allocate the given rural development budget. The results demonstrate that the proposed approach allocates the funds according to an assumed logic that supports the...
Grassland rental markets and herder technical efficiency: ability effect or resource equilibration effect?
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Shu-hao Tan, Ru-xin Zhang, Zhong-chun Tan To fully explore how grassland rental markets improve herder technical efficiency and to what extent, we apply a Metafrontier-DEA approach in this study to examine the impacts of herder participation in grassland rental markets and its technical efficiencies. We collect field data from 416 herder households, and our result shows that herders involved in the grassland rental markets can increase their technical efficiency by 2.75% on average. Compared with the...
A semi-quantitative methodology to evaluate the main local territorial risks and their interactions
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): E. Pilone, M. Demichela The paper presents a semi-quantitative methodology at a local scale, developed to increase the efficacy of Land Use Planning related to the Management of risks, in particular as far as it concerns multiple risks impinging on the same territory (Multi-risks). At the moment, each risk is managed through a dedicated sectorial plan, having its proper procedures and scale, and the only “meeting point” for these plans – at least in Italy - are the Municipal city plans. The...
The effects of physical activity facilities on vigorous physical activity in gated and non-gated neighborhoods
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Yasmeen Gul, Zahid Sultan, Mehdi Moeinaddini, Gul Ahmed Jokhio Physical activity is important for health and it is believed that the availability of physical activity facilities (PAF) within the neighborhood encourages physical activity, especially vigorous physical activity (VPA). The main purpose of providing PAF, particularly in gated neighborhoods, is to encourage physical activity. However, there are few studies that investigate the differences of PAF in gated and non-gated neighborhoods and the...
Impacts of urbanization on ecosystem services and their temporal relations: A case study in Northern Ningxia, China
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Rongfang Lyu, Jianming Zhang, Mengqun Xu, Jijun Li Urbanization, an unavoidable global process, has driven land use change, impacted ecosystem services, and induced serious environmental problems. As a result, urban planning is a critical issue in sustainable development. In this study, we developed a framework to quantify how urbanization influences ecosystem services (ESs) in order to provide suggestions for urban planning during large scale urban agglomeration in northwestern China. We separated...
Spatio-temporal dynamics and livelihoods transformation in Wa, Ghana
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Prosper Issahaku Korah, Abraham Marshall Nunbogu, Bernard Afiik Akanpabadai Akanbang This paper examines how indigenous peri-urban households in Wa, one of the fastest growing towns in Ghana are adapting to the effects of physical transformation of their environment. By analysing Landsat satellite images and using social research methods, the paper discusses the nature and extent of urban growth, its impact on peri-urban livelihoods, and the coping strategies of peri-urban households. Findings show that...
Push–pull farming system in Kenya: Implications for economic and social welfare
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Menale Kassie, Jesper Stage, Gracious Diiro, Beatrice Muriithi, Geoffrey Muricho, Samuel T. Ledermann, Jimmy Pittchar, Charles Midega, Zeyaur Khan This study examines the farm-level economic benefits and aggregate welfare impacts of adopting push–pull technology (PPT)—an innovative, integrated pest and soil-fertility management strategy—with a set of household- and plot-level data collected in western Kenya. The evaluation is based on a combination of econometric and economic surplus...
Addressing the dual challenges of food security and environmental sustainability during rural livelihood transitions in China
01. September 2018
Publication date: September 2018 Source:Land Use Policy, Volume 77 Author(s): Xiaoxing Qi, Heping Dang Ensuring national food security without decreasing environmental quality is essential for China’s agricultural sustainability. This paper proposes an analytical framework that integrates the influence of rural livelihood transitions and the constraint of local resource availability to explore possible approaches for addressing the dual challenges of food security and environmental sustainability. Using data from land-use images, farmland quality investigations, household surveys...