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Machine learning-assisted evaluation of land use policies and plans in a rapidly urbanizing district in Chongqing, China
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Tingting Xu, Jay Gao, Yuhua LiAbstractAnalysis of annual land use change is crucial to timely assessment of the impacts of land use policies, especially in rapidly urbanizing areas such as the Liangjiang New District of Chongqing, China. This research aims to assess the impacts of multi-level land use policies and plans and their effectiveness in protecting farmland, and to recommend policies to remedy defective ones. Markov Chain–Cellular Automata modelling was integrated with machine learning to predict future...
The benefits of a link-based assessment of health services accessibility: Unveiling gaps in Central Region of Portugal
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Susana Freiria, Alexandre O. Tavares, Rui Pedro JuliãoAbstractAccessibility plays a fundamental role in public policies. One of the main goals of decision makers is to promote equal access of the population to critical infrastructures. However, different accessibility approaches (e.g. method of aggregation) lead to different conclusions to the same case study; moreover, what is a good measure of accessibility and how to apply it in practice is a question to be answered. This study presents a new approach to...
Exploring land use/land cover changes, drivers and their implications in contrasting agro-ecological environments of Ethiopia
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Mulatu Liyew Berihun, Atsushi Tsunekawa, Nigussie Haregeweyn, Derege Tsegaye Meshesha, Enyew Adgo, Mitsuru Tsubo, Tsugiyuki Masunaga, Ayele Almaw Fenta, Dagnenet Sultan, Mesenbet YibeltalAbstractThis study examined the trends, driving factors, and implications of land use/land cover (LULC) dynamics over the past 35 years (1982–2017) in three watersheds of the drought-prone areas that represent different agro-ecologies of Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia: Guder (highland), Aba Gerima (midland), and Debatie...
The effects of trainings in soil and water conservation on farming practices, livelihoods, and land-use intensity in the Ethiopian highlands
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Nathan S. Chesterman, Julia Entwistle, Matthew C. Chambers, Hsiao-Chin Liu, Arun Agrawal, Daniel G. BrownAbstractSmallholder farmers in the Ethiopian Highlands face increasingly difficult farming conditions. Agricultural intensification to feed the growing rural population, livestock pressure on native vegetation, and climate change converge to exacerbate soil erosion, creating a significant threat to crop productivity and rural livelihoods. Farmer trainings can be a potent strategy to increase farmer awareness of...
The livable urban landscape: GIS and remote sensing extracted land use assessment for urban livability in Changchun Proper, China
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Bo Fu, Danlin Yu, Yaojun ZhangAbstractDespite the popularity of the term urban livability, it is often used by different groups under different circumstances. A broader understanding of urban livability is that it concerns the quality of life in any human living environment. The World Health Organization, among many others, suggests a four-dimension assessment system based on the concepts of convenience, amenity, health and safety that can be used to evaluate any cities’ potential livability. Following this...
Managing protected areas in Central Eastern Europe: Between path-dependence and Europeanisation
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Natalya YakushevaAbstractThe nature conservation regimes of post-socialist EU countries are multi-layered, consisting of initial components established before Socialism, reinforced and solidified during Socialist period, and changes brought about by the democratic transition. For nature conservation, the transition to democracy led to new political and legal frameworks, the re-allocation of resources and land tenure changes, which Central Eastern European countries approached differently. Accession to the European...
Characterising spatial and temporal patterns of urban evolution in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Accra, Ghana
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Prosper Issahaku Korah, Tony Matthews, Deanna TomeriniAbstractRapid urbanisation and globalisation are creating relentless spatial transformation across the globe. There is a growing interest in understanding and conceptualising the emergent and often contested spatial morphologies and typologies in cities as they mediate the competing demands of global and local forces. This paper examines spatial and temporal development patterns in a Sub-Saharan Africa context using Accra, the capital and rapidly growing city...
Attitudes on land-use systems and social mindset transformations after group ranch subdivision in Kenya
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Virginia Ng’endo Kinuthia, Raphael Githaiga WahomeAbstractRanch subdivision transforms the landscape in terms of human, other biodiversity and land use systems. Studies have generally concentrated on its effects on land productivity and biodiversity. However, gaps exist on information available on social wellbeing of communities after ranch subdivision, perhaps due to its broad, diverse and complex nature. The case of Aimi ma Kilungu (AMK) ranch subdivision is used here to delve into the potential transformation...
Impact of urban decadal advance on land use and land cover and surface temperature in the city of Maceió, Brazil
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Washington Luiz Félix Correia Filho, Dimas de Barros Santiago, José Francisco de Oliveira-Júnior, Carlos Antonio da Silva JuniorAbstractThe development / urbanization process of Brazilian cities in the last decade occurred since the creation of the Programa de Aceleração de Crescimento (PAC) and Programa Minha Casa Minha Vida (PMCMV). In this study, we evaluated the impact of these programs on urban sprawl in the northern part of the Alagoan capital, Maceió, located in the Northeast of Brazil, by using...
The role of tenure documents for livelihood resilience in Trinidad and Tobago
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Desiree Daniel, Michael Sutherland, Chinwe Ifejika SperanzaAbstractIn this paper, we use the concept of documentality to explore the role of documentation of land tenure in the livelihood resilience of farmers in Trinidad and Tobago. We studied small-scale farmers whose livelihoods occur on lands held under different tenure arrangements. We found that it is not the access to land but the formal documentation of access to land that enables livelihood resilience. Not having tenure documentation excludes farmers from...
A framework for improving the management of protected areas from a social perspective: The case of Bahía de San Antonio Protected Natural Area, Argentina
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Juan Pablo MoreaAbstractThe management of protected areas and the recognition of a problem regarding its effectiveness are a global concern. Worldwide, protected areas are facing increasing pressures to join human development and biodiversity conservation. There are clear difficulties in connecting use and conservation, and there is also a gap between the planning of objectives and the management of protected areas. To improve management effectiveness, we developed a general framework to integrate the steps into...
Take out the farmer: An economic assessment of land expropriation for urban expansion in Bahir Dar, Northwest Ethiopia
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Wubante Fetene Admasu, Steven Van Passel, Amare Sewnet Minale, Enyew Adgo Tsegaye, Hossein Azadi, Jan NyssenAbstractIn Ethiopia, the demand for land for urbanisation is primarily met by converting rural land through expropriation. However, land expropriations are adversely affecting the previous land users by reducing the amount of production and their sources of income. In Bahir Dar, one of the fastest-growing cities in Ethiopia, approximately 300 landholdings are expropriated each year, on average, for urban...
Sustainable management of cultivated peatlands in Switzerland: Insights, challenges, and opportunities
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Marie Ferré, Adrian Muller, Jens Leifeld, Cédric Bader, Moritz Müller, Stefanie Engel, Sabine WichmannAbstractMajor common production activities on organic soils require drainage, which results in the loss of important ecosystem services such as carbon storage. This paper provides an overview of the farming situation on organic soils in a western region of Switzerland characterized by intensive vegetable farming and therefore by high opportunity costs of adopting sustainable practices on these soils. Based on a...
Does human rights awareness spur environmental activism? Hong Kong’s ‘country park’ controversy
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Karen M.Y. Lee, John C.K. Lee, Anson T.H. Ma, Lewis T.O. CheungAbstractThis study applied the well-developed theory of planned behaviour (TPB) to investigate environmental activism behaviour concerning country park development in Hong Kong. A structural model was developed that incorporates the construct of human rights (HR) awareness into the basic model of the TPB. A questionnaire on HR awareness and TPB factors was developed, and data from 607 participants were collected through a telephone survey. Statistical...
The city of the living or the dead: On the ethics and morality of land use for graveyards in a rapidly urbanised world
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Zaheer AllamAbstractDifferent religious practices sport varying beliefs and principles regarding death, but many of them converge towards the burying of the dead to help in the ascent towards a peaceful afterlife. As documented in various anthropological works, this practice has been perpetrated in the Anthropocene, but is primarily dictated by religious grounds; which is a driver of sociological mannerism through psychological means. However, as the world witnesses unparalleled demographic growth, coupled with a...
What are participants of cow sharing arrangements actually sharing? A property rights analysis on cow sharing arrangements in the European Alps
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Katharina Gugerell, Marianne Penker, Pia KieningerAbstractSharing seems to experience a fashionable renaissance nowadays. It appears as though we are constantly involved in sharing activities in our daily physical and digital lives. Images, feelings or thoughts are shared on social media platforms; we share cars (e.g. Zipcar), bikes, homes and beds (e.g. Airbnb and Couchsurfing), money and other resources (e.g. Wemakeit and Kickstarter). These different practices, their impact and adjoining conceptual frameworks...
Livestock insurance as a mechanism for household resilience of livestock herders to climate change: Evidence from Iran
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Tahereh Biglari, Hamideh Maleksaeidi, Farzad Eskandari, Mohammad JalaliAbstractInsurance is acclaimed as a promising mechanism for resilience to climate extremes. However, in practice, few empirical studies have been done on the influence of livestock insurance on the household resilience of livestock herders to climate change. We advanced knowledge in this area by: a) estimating household resilience to climate change and identifying the typology of livestock herders in terms of resilience; b) assessing the...
Automated Valuation Model based on fuzzy and rough set theory for real estate market with insufficient source data
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Malgorzata Renigier-Biłozor, Artur Janowski, Maurizio d’AmatoAbstractObjective monitoring of the real estate value is a requirement to maintain balance, increase security and minimize the risk of a crisis in the financial and economic sector of every country. The valuation of real estate is usually considered from two points of view, i.e. individual valuation and mass appraisal. It is commonly believed that Automated Valuation Models (AVM) should be devoted to mass appraisal, which requires a large size of...
Three-dimensional intergovernmental competition and urban sprawl: Evidence from Chinese prefectural-level cities
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Jianshuang Fan, Lin ZhouAbstractThe nature of the state ownership of urban land in China determines that the problem of urban sprawl in China needs to be interpreted from both government and the land market. The local governments in China have absolute control over the urban land market, so the intergovernmental competition is the key to understanding their land transfer behavior. This paper divides the intergovernmental competition under the pressure of promotion tournaments into three dimensions: fiscal...
Agri-food activities in jeopardy—A territorial analysis of risks from natural hazards
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Publication date: September 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 87Author(s): Francesco PagliacciAbstractAccording to the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) approach, this paper aims to return a method to assess disaster risk from adverse natural events as a function of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability. Focusing on the Italian agri-food sector as a case-study and considering municipality-level data, a multi-hazard and multi-exposure approach is followed for risk assessment. In particular, both synthetic indicators and cluster analysis are performed. With regard to the implementation of DRR...