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Acceptability of residential licences as quasi-land ownership documents: Evidence from Tanzania
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Moses M. Kusiluka, Dorice M. ChiwamboAbstractMost of the property owners in developing countries particularly those residing in informal settlements do not have formal land ownership documents, which weakens security of tenure and denies them access to credit. In addressing the problem, various initiatives have been taken but some of them have not been very effective. This paper uses a case example of an upgraded informal settlement in Tanzania to assess acceptability of residential licences as quasi-land ownership...
Forest intensification in Ireland: Developing an approximation of social acceptability
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Stefanie Duesberg, Áine Ní DhubháinAbstractIt is forecast that Ireland will experience a shortage in timber supply by 2020 due to rising demand for fuel and construction. The option to increase the wood production by expanding Ireland’s relatively low forest area of 11% is limited. Despite generous afforestation programs afforestation rates have plummeted and there is a competition for land resources with food production and other land-uses. Hence, timber supply from existing forests needs to increase, which...
Tree registration to counter elite capture of forestry benefits in Ghana’s Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Rita Yembilah, Sparkler Brefo SamarAbstractThe regularization of rights to commercial tree species, or “tree registration,” is being promoted by the State (Forestry Commission of Ghana) and non-governmental organizations in Ghana to help minimize elite capture of forestry benefits. Our study examines smallholder farmers’ response to tree registration in selected Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Region communities. Responses are considered in light of persistent constraints farmers endure...
Towards three decades of spatial development transformation in two contrasting post-Soviet cities—Kraków and Budapest
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Anita Kukulska-Kozieł, Marta Szylar, Katarzyna Cegielska, Tomasz Noszczyk, Józef Hernik, Krzysztof Gawroński, Robert Dixon-Gough, Sándor Jombach, István Valánszki, Krisztina Filepné KovácsAbstractUrban structure, land use, and land cover analysis are among of the primary problems of urban planning. The paper analyses the structure of land cover in Kraków and Budapest, cities with similar past. The investigation involved 41 districts (18 districts in Kraków and 23 districts in Budapest). The authors attempted...
Spatial coupling differentiation and development zoning trade-off of land space utilization efficiency in eastern China
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Jing Liu, Xiaobin Jin, Weiyi Xu, Yeting Fan, Jie Ren, Xiaolin Zhang, Yinkang ZhouAbstractFood security, economic development, and ecological environment protection have become global strategic issues concerning the sustainable development of human society, accompanied by the rapid globalization and urbanization. Exploring land space utilization efficiency (LSUE) quantitatively in agricultural production, economic development and ecological maintenance can help deepen regional understanding, tap the potential of land...
Demystifying the key for intoxicating land finance in China: An empirical study through the lens of government expenditure
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Peng Tang, Xiaoping Shi, Jinlong Gao, Shuyi Feng, Futian QuAbstractIn recent decades, a sharp increase in land financing has eased the fiscal restraints that existed with regard to government expenditure in China. Introducing the land financing behaviors of local governments into the interactional framework of budgetary revenues and expenditure, this paper analyzes the influence of land finance on the preferences of local fiscal expenditure. First, we propose a theoretical hypothesis on the internal logical...
Universities’ global research ambitions and their localised effects
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Nicola Morisson, Nikodem SzumiloAbstractThe world’s top universities compete for the best international students and staff whilst remaining socially, politically and economically intertwined with the cities that they are located in. This paper analyses this relationship through the lens of the housing market to show the impact of universities’ global research centres on local house price within five of UK’s historic cities. To date, these complex effects have been largely ignored in local and regional modelling...
Model of the influencing factors of the withdrawal from rural homesteads in China: Application of grounded theory method
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Qian Cao, Md Nazirul Islam Sarker, Jiangyan SunAbstractNowadays withdrawal from rural homesteads (WRH) is an important part of China's rural land system reform. The aim of this study is to explore the core and comprehensive influencing factors model of WRH through assessment of the policy system of WRH. Grounded theory approach has been used for this study. Besides, a case study has been done in Enshi city, China to confirm the theory. The study reveals that the livelihood, adaption, and security system are the core...
Analyzing the private rental housing market in Shanghai with open data
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Han Li, Yehua Dennis Wei, Yangyi WuAbstractThe failure of public housing policies and skyrocketing housing prices have made the private rental sector an increasingly important part of the housing system in Chinese metropolises. However, due to the lack of data, the private rental housing market remains poorly understood. By integrating open data, this paper comprehensively examines the spatial patterns and determinants of residential rents in Shanghai at the intra-urban level. We find that high rents are concentrated...
Landscape in change as perceived by its residents: A case study of Wilanow West in Warsaw
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Katarzyna Rędzińska, Barbara SzulczewskaAbstractIn the Wilanow West area, Warsaw, Poland, in the vicinity of the Royal Residence complex, which since the 17th century has determined the character and identity of the landscape, two new development projects were initiated: Wilanow Town, honoured with international awards of excellence, and the Temple of Divine Providence, constructed as national votive offering. Some experts anticipated that these new investments would result in the degradation of the landscape value...
The history of viticultural land use as a determinant of contemporary regional development in Western Poland
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Andrzej Greinert, Jakub Kostecki, Yuliya VystavnaAbstractMany regions in Europe have unique and characteristic landscapes, partly resulting from historical and/or current economic activities that have become a contemporary land mark. At present, there is a trend to show these unique features by emphasizing local traditions or recreating historical ones that were often forgotten a long time ago. Viticulture is one of these activities that becomes an important element of the culture and landscape development. This is...
Bioeconomic impacts of agroforestry policies in France
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): L. Mouysset, C. Rais Assa, J-S. Ay, F. Jiguet, R. Lorrilière, L. DoyenAbstractDealing with the erosion of terrestrial biodiversity has become of key importance in order to ensure ecosystems sustainability. Agricultural and forestry activities are one major anthropogenic driver of this decline. The underlying land-use changes result in the alteration of species habitats. In this context reconciling economic and ecological objectives of agricultural policies remains an ongoing challenge. In that respect, this paper...
Missed opportunity? Framing actions around co-benefits for carbon mitigation in Australian agriculture
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Aysha Fleming, Cara Stitzlein, Emma Jakku, Simon FielkeAbstractAgriculture around the world is one of the industries most affected by, and faced with responsibility to mitigate, climate change. Through improvements in technology and efficiency as well as changes to land use management, agriculture can make an important contribution to meeting global commitments such as the Paris agreement or the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet international carbon markets have not resulted in sufficiently high financial returns to...
Land tenure-related conflicts in peri-urban areas: A review
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Hashem Dadashpoor, Somayeh AhaniAbstractThe rapid increase of urban population during the 21 st century has led to the expansion of metropolises and increased demand for land in peri-urban areas, which are often the object of compulsory land acquisition to cover urban development processes. Such a process leads to widespread land tenure changes in a specific system of rights, relationships, and institutions that contradict the nature of land as an essential and limited commodity. These changes continuously create the...
Legal, economic, geographical and demographic analysis of the acquisition of Real Estate by foreign nationals in Turkey
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Zeynel Abidin PolatAbstractReal estate acquisition by foreign nationals in Turkey has been an issue of intense debate for a long time and has been subject to frequent legislative changes. The rights of foreign nationals with respect to real estate in Turkey were initially addressed in Land Registry Law No. 2644, which was passed in 1934, with additional amendments made to the law in subsequent decades. The aim of this study is to analyse the legal, economic, geographical and demographic impacts of real estate...
Exploring the 3rd dimension within public law restrictions: A case study of Victoria, Australia
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Dimitrios Kitsakis, Mohsen Kalantari, Abbas Rajabifard, Behnam Atazadeh, Efi DimopoulouAbstractThe urban environment is characterised by increasingly complex relations driven by the needs of modern societies, such as multi-purpose buildings and composite infrastructures. However, the capabilities for extensive vertical exploitation of land provided by construction technology are related to the expansion of public utilities. This results in administrative restrictions on land and developments, known as Public Law...
Pathways of incorporation of young farmers into livestock farming
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): R. Góngora, M.J. Milán, F. López-i-GelatsAbstractThe livestock sector in Europe is currently undergoing multiple transformations. The challenges posed by these changes must be faced by an increasingly aged workforce. Promoting the incorporation of young farmers into the livestock sector would be crucial for ensuring that these challenges are met in the best possible way. It is generally agreed that young farmers face these challenges with greater dynamism, flexibility and adaptability. In spite of this, young people...
Towards becoming a property owner in the city: From being displaced to becoming a citizen in urban DR Congo
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Carolien Jacobs, Joachim Ruhamya Mugenzi, Stanislas Lubala Kubiha, Innocent AssumaniAbstractSustainable local settlement in the area of refuge is considered one of the durable solutions to displacement, but not so much is known about ways in which internally displaced persons (IDPs) self-settle in urban settings. Based on two qualitative research projects carried out amongst IDPs in an urban setting in the conflict-affected east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this paper explores the main stages of settlement...
Introducing nature-based solutions into urban policy – facts and gaps. Case study of Poznań
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Iwona Zwierzchowska, Katarzyna Fagiewicz, Lidia Poniży, Piotr Lupa, Andrzej MizgajskiAbstractCities often don’t appreciate the benefits of green infrastructure (GI) enough. To recognise the extent to which green infrastructure and nature-based solutions (NbS) are present in the urban policy, we conducted a review of planning, strategic and programming documents of Poznań City as a Case Study. The study is aimed at 1) diagnosing of current position NbS in the tasks and directions of planning, strategic and...
Community-based seasonal movement grazing maintains lower greenhouse gas emission intensity on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of China
Publication date: June 2019Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 85Author(s): Minghao Zhuang, Gongbuzeren, Jian Zhang, Wenjun LiAbstractGlobal livestock husbandry provides ecosystem goods and services but also emits 7.1 Gt CO2-eq. of greenhouse gases (GHGs) per year. To lower GHG emissions intensity, appropriate production management systems should be identified. Since the 1980s, grassland livestock husbandry in China has transformed gradually from pastoralism into individual household management under the Grassland Household Contract System Policy. However, little is known about how this...