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Farmers’ landholding strategy in urban fringe areas: A case study of a transitional commune near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Quang Nguyen, Doo-Chul KimAbstractFarmers in peri-urban areas across Vietnam are experiencing rapid transformations in their livelihood and land use practices. Peri-urbanization is progressing rapidly, along with the risk of conversion of large amounts of farmland into non-agricultural land. Additionally, an increasing number of laborers are moving away from both agriculture and rural areas. Understanding households’ strategies in landholding and livelihood under such circumstances is crucial to the development and...
Specialized governance and regional land-use outcomes: A spatial analysis of Florida community development districts
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Aaron Deslatte, Tyler A. Scott, David P. CarterAbstractSpecialized governance literature tends to approach special district differences at a surface level, rarely delving into consequential distinctions between districts types or their implications for policy outcomes. This article offers a step towards addressing these limitations by examining the land use impacts of an innovation in local government form referred to as “multipurpose development districts.” The article builds from a theory of local government...
Adoption of improved amaranth varieties and good agricultural practices in East Africa
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Justus Ochieng, Pepijn Schreinemachers, Maurice Ogada, Fekadu Fufa Dinssa, William Barnos, Hassan MndigaAbstractThis study quantifies the adoption of improved amaranth varieties in Kenya and Tanzania, and the extent to which these result from international vegetable breeding research conducted by the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) and partners. The study used expert elicitation and a questionnaire survey among vegetable seed producers. Nine expert panels were conducted involving 123 local experts. The results show...
The evolution of soil conservation policies targeting land abandonment and soil erosion in Spain: A review
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Cynthia C.E. van Leeuwen, Erik L.H. Cammeraat, Joris de Vente, Carolina Boix-FayosAbstractLand degradation affects natural and cultivated socio-ecosystems worldwide. Soil erosion is one of the main processes leading to land degradation, and the process is accelerated by human actions. Spain is dealing with extensive land degradation caused by land use and land cover change (LULCC), for instance by land abandonment, and local geo-ecological conditions. Recent land abandonment in Spain can be largely related to changing...
Will the urban agricultural revolution be vertical and soilless? A case study of controlled environment agriculture in New York City
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Wylie Goodman, Jennifer MinnerAbstractControlled environment agriculture (CEA) is an emerging form of farming increasingly found in cities worldwide. Advocates promote CEA as the future of food production, arguing for its potential to address challenges ranging from climate change to food insecurity. Detractors state that CEA’s narrow focus on high-end produce, along with its intensive capital and energy needs, limit its meaningful contribution to the urban food system. Over the last seven years, New York City has...
An assessment of the landscape-scale dimensions of land based environmental management schemes offered to farmers in England
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Jeremy R. FranksAbstractThis study reviews the evolution of environmental land management and agri-environment schemes (AES) offered to farmers in England between 1979 and 2015 from the perspective of their potential to deliver landscape-scale, i.e. cross farm boundary, environmental benefits. The review uses population conservation theory, which underpinned the recommendations in the Lawton report (Lawton et al., 2010), to identify eight characteristics of these schemes with this potential. These characteristics form...
Analyzing requisition–compensation balance of farmland policy in China through telecoupling: A case study in the middle reaches of Yangtze River Urban Agglomerations
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Wanxu Chen, Xinyue Ye, Jiangfeng Li, Xin Fan, Qingsong Liu, Weichuan DongAbstractThis study evaluates the requisition–compensation balance of farmland (RCBF) policy with the telecoupling framework of "quantity-quality-productivity-ecological balance" in the middle reaches of Yangtze River Urban Agglomerations (MRYRUA) in China from 1995 to 2015. The RCBF index characterizes the quantity balance of farmland, while the quality balance is measured by examining the differences of physical elements (elevation, slope...
Achieving land development benefits on customary/communal land
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Wycliffe Antonio, Charisse Griffith-CharlesAbstractLand reforms for addressing economic issues are required to conform to equity, socio-cultural and other landa governance concerns. This article reviews customary/communal tenure, and land reform mechanisms for optimising economic and social outcomes for countries where this type of tenure predominates. The experiences of two land groups, the Orogwangin and the Polulve Mahevie, that have engaged with the group incorporation mechanism of addressing customary communal...
Quantifying the spatial arrangement of underutilized land in a rapidly urbanized rust belt city: The case of Changchun City
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Wenbo Li, Dongyan Wang, Hong Li, Jianguo Wang, Yuanli Zhu, Yuewen YangAbstractRegenerating underutilized lands in rust belt cities is a pragmatic way to avoid urban sprawl and to optimize urban land use, and assessing their spatial arrangements is a vital and essential procedure. In this study, we identified four types of underutilized land: vacant lot, urban village, abandoned industrial land and remnant cultivated land. We then analyzed the spatial structuring of such areas and their interconnections along with the...
A network-based approach for landscape integration of traditional settlements: A case study in the Wuling Mountain area, southwestern China
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Guo Li, Wenmin HuAbstractA trans-regional landscape network of traditional settlements (LNTS) can be used to integrate scattered landscapes and ensure the unified protection of natural and cultural landscapes. The LNTS is superior to traditional settlement protection in local areas, which is not conducive to maintaining the integrity and order of traditional settlement landscapes at the regional level. The main purpose of this research was to construct the LNTS, and three main steps were involved: the selection of the...
Revisiting forest transition explanations: The role of “push” factors and adaptation strategies in forest expansion in northern Phetchabun, Thailand
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Jean-Philippe LeblondAbstractResearchers and policy makers are increasingly looking at the drivers of forest recovery (or forest transition) for inspiration in their search for win-win solutions to deforestation. However, causal generalizations regarding forest transitions are subject to significant problems. First, forest transition theory (FTT), at least in its simplest renditions, tends to emphasize socially benign processes and fails to pay sufficient attention to the causal role—and social impacts—of negative...
Tackling the challenges of visualising digital cadastral plans: The Victorian cadastre experience
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Hamed Olfat, Amul Jani, Davood Shojaei, Ashley Darvill, Mark Briffa, Abbas Rajabifard, Farshad BadieeAbstractePlan, as a digital cadastral data initiative, is a collaborative program between the land authorities and the surveying industry which aims to replace paper and PDF cadastral plans and surveys with digital data in LandXML format. ePlan has been adopted by Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. ePlan has been operational in the State of Victoria for 2D plans since 2013. The ePlan files are automatically...
Will land development time restriction reduce land price? The perspective of American call options
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Han Wang, Xingyi Wu, Di Wu, Xin NieAbstractLand speculation can increase idle or inefficient land use, thus causing a number of problems, which many countries around the world address with reasonable administrative intervention. According to China’s “Disposal Measures for Idle Land”, the land development time is limited to two years. If this time is exceeded, the government will restore the land use rights to the state without compensation for the developer.1 Using the perspective of American call options, this...
Park green spaces, public health and social inequalities: Understanding the interrelationships for policy implications
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Qian Wang, Zili LanAbstractHow to reduce neighborhood socioeconomic status- (SES-) related health inequalities has been prioritized in the recent political literature. Park green spaces (PGSs) are essential neighborhood land use assets, as they are beneficial for population health and thus should mitigate SES-related health inequalities. This paper aims to elaborate the knowledge on the complex interrelationships among PGSs, health outcomes and social inequalities through developing a set of mixed indicators in an...
Land use planning based on the connectivity of tree species does not ensure the conservation of forest biodiversity
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Martin Mikoláš, Marek Svitok, Marius Teodosiu, Thomas A. Nagel, Miroslav SvobodaAbstractAmidst rapid global climate change and at a time when many adaptive policies and strategies have been implemented, reductionism in forest management decisions may have detrimental effects on forest biodiversity. Stăncioiu et al. (2018) made an important contribution by assessing forest connectivity based on tree species populations in Romania. Their study concluded that current management policies and inherited guidelines from...
Risk management strategies and residual risk perception in the wine industry: A spatial analysis in Northeast Italy
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Maria De Salvo, Roberta Capitello, Barbara Gaudenzi, Diego BegalliAbstractThis study explores the relationships between risk management strategies, residual risk perception as well as business and winegrower characteristics using a spatial-interdependency framework. The analysis focuses on the wine industry in Northeast Italy. Winegrowers’ perception of residual risk is measured—from the perspective of hazards and non-hazard risks—after their organisation has made investments to prevent, mitigate and control...
To resettle or not?: Socioeconomic characteristics, livelihoods, and perceptions toward resolving human-tiger conflict in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Tharmalingam Ramesh, Riddhika Kalle, Kalyanasundaram Sankar, Qamar Qureshi, Anthony J. Giordano, Colleen Thelma DownsAbstractAs pressure from a growing human population increases around the world, greater levels of conflict between people and wildlife over shrinking available land may be inevitable. The conversion of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in India is a conservation initiative under “Project Tiger” scheme to facilitate greater habitat connectivity across the Nilgiri Biosphere...
Forty years later: Assessment of the long-lasting effectiveness of land consolidation projects
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Jaroslaw Janus, Iwona MarkuszewskaAbstractThe high cost of implementing land consolidation projects (LCPs) justifies investigation of the question about the duration of economic effects of farmland merging. The assessment of economic effectiveness of LCP can be an essential argument in budgeting proceedings and in discussion of the importance of land relocation in the sustainable development of rural areas.The main aim of this research was to verify the hypothesis of persistence of favourable basic parameters of land...
Planning initiative: Promoting development by the use of options in Amsterdam
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Willem K. Korthals AltesAbstractThe development of existing urban areas is needed to prevent urban sprawl. Several factors, including land assembly holdouts and the option value of land, contribute to landowners’ lack of initiative to develop designated sites. Urban governance measures, however, may provide the necessary solutions. By implementing policies that promote inner-city development, i.e. by providing serviced plots for building development, urban expansion can be controlled to ensure that it does not result...
How to prioritize protected areas: A novel perspective using multidimensional land use characteristics
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Publication date: April 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 83Author(s): Yongheng Rao, Jianjun Zhang, Ke Wang, Xia WuAbstractMappings of land use priority can be used to balance the ecology and economy to achieve sustainable development. This paper, taking the city of Wu’an as a study area, focuses on the land itself to establish prioritized protected areas. The land use change law over the entire study area, the importance of the ecological land, and the results of an ecological interference analysis of the road networks are all indicators presented by the land itself that constitute a...