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Impact of climate smart agriculture (CSA) through sustainable irrigation management on Resource use efficiency: A sustainable production alternative for cotton
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Muhammad Ali Imran, Asghar Ali, Muhammad Ashfaq, Sarfraz Hassan, Richard Culas, Chunbo MaAbstractClimate-smart agriculture (CSA) improves agricultural productivity and enhance farm income on a sustainable basis, enhance water and nutrients use efficiency, resilient to climatic stresses, and lowering the emissions of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) to a minimum level. Water-smart, energy-smart, carbon-smart and knowledge-smart practices and technologies significantly contributed directly or indirectly to improve productivity...
Multiple and sequential land use: A national policy for Australia?
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): James J WalcottAbstractThe closest the Australian Government has come to a national land use policy was for multiple and sequential use that was proposed in 1992 as one pathway to sustainable development of land in Australia over space and time. Under this national strategy governments in Australia’s federalist system would undertake several actions but it was never resourced. In 2013 the Multiple Land Use Framework (MLUF) was developed but still has little promotion by governments and has not noticeably reduced...
Opposition to housing development in a suburban US County: Characteristics, origins, and consequences
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Andrew H. Whittemore, Todd K. BenDorAbstractLocal opposition to new housing is a well-known phenomenon, but the degree to which it characterizes planning debates or influences outcomes, relative to more supportive stances, is less understood. This paper investigates public comments recorded at public hearings regarding housing-related rezoning cases in order to quantify the amount of comments that can be characterized as oppositional, as well as the sources and effects of this opposition. We conducted a survey of...
Use of the ANP methodology to prioritize rural development strategies under the LEADER approach in protected areas. The case of Lagodekhi, Georgia
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Luis A. Fernandez Portillo, Olexandr Nekhay, Lorenzo Estepa MohedanoAbstractThe prioritization of rural development strategies under the rural territorial development approach according to the European Union’s LEADER methodology, especially in protected natural environments, presents a certain degree of complexity due to its multiple and opposed co-existing objectives and the necessity of the local population’s participation in decision-making. However, LEADER does not clearly propose a prioritization...
Farm typology analysis and technology assessment: An application in an arid region of South Asia
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Shalander Kumar, Peter Craufurd, Amare Haileslassie, Thiagarajah Ramilan, Abhishek Rathore, Anthony WhitbreadAbstractThe design and diffusion of context-specific technologies is centrally important in the multi-dimensional, complex farming systems in arid and semi-arid regions. This paper uses a mixed-method framework to characterize the complexity and heterogeneity of smallholder farming systems and identifies constraints to and opportunities for sustainable intensification. Specifically, the study: (i...
Livestock dynamics under changing economy and climate in Mongolia
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Yecheng Xu, Yaoqi Zhang, Jiquan Chen, Ranjeet JohnAbstractLivestock is a key variable in understanding the complex relationships of coupled natural and human systems for pastoralist societies. We used a Two-Stage Dynamic Model to examine the dynamics of livestock in terms of sales, self-consumption, and stocking in Mongolia in recent decades. While Mongolian pastoralists remain largely in the subsistence economy stage, herders do respond to market factors such as current and expected prices, substitute food prices...
Index system to assess implementation of strategic land use plans in China
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Bingqing Li, Zhanqi Wang, Ji Chai, Di ZhangAbstractThe strategic land use plan is an effective tool to implement new ideas and strategic adjustments in land use policies in the context of the economic transformation of China. This study designs an index system for quantifying the success of the implementation of strategic land use plans. The proposed index system consists of two independent dimensions as quota implementation and task implementation. The indices for assessing quota implementation were directly...
Land use change driven out-migration: Evidence from three flood-prone communities in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Thong Anh TranAbstractIn developing countries where agricultural production is exposed to adverse impacts of climate change, out-migration is commonly perceived as a safety net for poor farmers who lack adequate access to resources and capacity to adapt to change. In the Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD), the land use change driven by the state-led development of water engineering systems (e.g., dykes) and subsequent agricultural mechanisation processes, while it fosters intensive agriculture-oriented development...
Technical and social knowledge discontinuities in the multi-objective management of private forests in Finland
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Sari Pynnönen, Anna Salomaa, Salla Rantala, Teppo HujalaAbstractManaging forests sustainably for multiple objectives requires multi-faceted socio-technical knowledge. This study explores the challenges of using knowledge within social and technical knowledge systems in decision-making about and the management of privately-owned forests in Finland. We define the technical knowledge system as the collection of standardized forms of knowledge and the IT systems supporting their storage and distribution. The social...
A GIS-based decision support system for facilitating participatory urban renewal process
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Morteza Omidipoor, Mohammadreza Jelokhani-Niaraki, Athena Moeinmehr, Abolghasem Sadeghi-Niaraki, Soo-Mi ChoiAbstractRenovation of Urban Blighted Areas (UBAs) plays a vital role in the improvement of Urban Quality of Life (UQL), notably in developing countries. Due to socio-economic and legal issues in UBAs, the renovation process cannot be sufficiently realized without the intervention of both public and private sectors. As active involvement of owners, investors and urban managers in urban renovation increases the...
Effects of land use transitions and rural aging on agricultural production in China’s farming area: A perspective from changing labor employing quantity in the planting industry
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Liuwen Liao, Hualou Long, Xiaolu Gao, Enpu MaAbstractUnderstanding the impact of rural aging on agricultural production is critical for implementing a comprehensive rural vitalization strategy in China. In this paper, the planting structure is converted into and measured by the amount of labor employing quantity in the planting industry with the 2000 and 2010 census data and crop planting area data at the county level. By establishing the elasticity coefficient of rural aging - labor quantity and taking the...
Terrorism and land use in agriculture: The case of Boko Haram in Nigeria
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Adesoji Adelaja, Justin GeorgeAbstractIn many developing countries, subsistence agriculture is the mainstay of the rural economy, improved land access and efficient land use are critical to short-term livelihoods and long-term economic transformation, and major shocks to land ownership, utilization and arrangements have far-reaching implications for farm families. In many such countries, armed conflict is emerging as a significant source of shock to agricultural and food systems, but its effects on land use are not...
Land use efficiency and influencing factors of urban agglomerations in China
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Junqing Yu, Kaile Zhou, Shanlin YangAbstractThe rapid urbanization in China has a huge impact on land use. The scarcity of land resources has become a constraint for sustainable urban development. Recently, urban agglomeration (UA) has become a new type of complex urban system. The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship of land use and UAs’ socio-economic development, and figure out effective land strategies. There are 12 evaluated UAs in our paper, which includes 184 cities. We analyze the land use...
Public land leasing, public productive spending and economic growth in Chinese cities
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Huina GaoAbstractLand leasing revenue has been successfully used as a municipal financing tool to support public infrastructure investments which may drive economic growth. This study first constructs a growth model to investigate the correlation among land leasing revenue, infrastructure development and economic growth, and finds that with higher land-capital more land leasing revenue could directly accelerate economic growth and land leasing revenue could also indirectly slow economic growth by increasing public...
Urban water metabolism information for planning water sensitive city-regions
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Silvia Serrao-Neumann, Marguerite A. Renouf, Edward Morgan, Steven J. Kenway, Darryl Low ChoyAbstractClimate change and growing populations will stretch water resources in many city-regions globally, and urbanisation will continue to degrade water quality and upset natural hydrological flows. These pressures call for alternative urban water management approaches with improved connection with land use planning. Evaluating the water metabolism of urban areas gives a holistic picture of how water flows through and is...
Planning the urban forest: Adding microclimate simulation to the planner’s toolkit
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Aaron C. Petri, Bev Wilson, Andrew KoeserAbstractWhile cities across the United States are developing urban forest plans to capitalize on a myriad of ecosystem services provided by trees, the tools that are used to support this planning do not necessarily meet the needs and achieve the desired results of these municipal initiatives. This paper highlights the disconnect between how planners and academics are approaching the task of planning and managing the urban forest for climate change adaptation. Although...
Indigenous Peoples’ participation in sustainability standards for extractives
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): John Meadows, Mark Annandale, Liz OtaAbstractExtractives industries are increasingly operating on Indigenous Peoples’ territories and can have profound environmental and socio-cultural (including human rights) impacts for these and other stakeholders. Sustainability standards (i.e. best-practice operational procedures, including sector-specific certification programs) have emerged to mitigate these impacts and improve the benefits for impacted communities. Best-practice design, implementation and verification of...
Socio-cultural roots of rural settlement dispersion in Sichuan Basin: The perspective of Chinese lineage
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Weiping Liu, Shida Rastegari Henneberry, Jiupai Ni, Riza Radmehr, Chaofu WeiAbstractRural settlement pattern in Sichuan Basin, whatever the terrain, is an extraordinary dispersion, i.e. ‘diffuse and dense in spatial distribution’, and ‘uniform and small in size’. From the perspective of Chinese lineage, a regional comparison was elaborately conducted between Sichuan Basin and a typical area characterized by lineage culture in Southern China, to reveal the socio-cultural roots of the rural settlement...
Economic analysis of land use changes in forests and rangelands: Developing conservation strategies
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Komeil Jahanifar, Hamid Amirnejad, Hossein Azadi, Ademola A. Adenle, Jürgen ScheffranAbstractForests and rangelands are economically and environmentally important due to the production of goods and ecosystem services, and any changes in their nature requires a comprehensive evaluation and analysis. The objectives of this study include: a) conducting a cost-benefit analysis of land use change in the forests and rangelands of the Caspian vegetative area with regard to the environmental costs along with other costs...
Semi-natural habitats and Ecological Focus Areas on cereal, beef and dairy farms in Ireland
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Publication date: November 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 88Author(s): Julie Larkin, Helen Sheridan, John A. Finn, Hannah Denniston, Daire Ó hUallacháinAbstractBiodiversity and associated ecosystem services have declined globally with agricultural intensification identified as a major driver of this loss. The most recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy resulted in the introduction of three mandatory ‘Greening’ measures aimed at improving the environmental performance of EU agricultural legislation. The Ecological Focus Area (EFA) measure within Greening was intended to...