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Combating Land Degradation and Desertification: The Land-Use Planning Quandary cover image
Peer-reviewed publication
February 2019
Global

Land-use planning (LUP), an instrument of land governance, is often employed to protect land and humans against natural and human-induced hazards, strengthen the resilience of land systems, and secure their sustainability. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) underlines the critical role of appropriate local action to address the global threat of land degradation and desertification (LDD) and calls for the use of local and regional LUP to combat LDD and achieve land degradation neutrality. The paper explores the challenges of putting this call into practice.

Predicting Land Use Changes in Philadelphia Following Green Infrastructure Policies cover image
Peer-reviewed publication
February 2019
United States of America

Urbanization is a rapid global trend, leading to consequences such as urban heat islands and local flooding. Imminent climate change is predicted to intensify these consequences, forcing cities to rethink common infrastructure practices. One popular method of adaptation is green infrastructure implementation, which has been found to reduce local temperatures and alleviate excess runoff when installed effectively. As cities continue to change and adapt, land use/landcover modeling becomes an important tool for city officials in planning future land usage.

What Awaits Myanmar’s Uplands Farmers? Lessons Learned from Mainland Southeast Asia cover image
Peer-reviewed publication
February 2019
Myanmar

Mainland Southeast Asia (MSA) has seen sweeping upland land use changes in the past decades, with transition from primarily subsistence shifting cultivation to annual commodity cropping. This transition holds implications for local upland communities and ecosystems. Due to its particular political regime, Myanmar is at the tail of this development.

Analysis of High Temporal Resolution Land Use/Land Cover Trajectories cover image
Peer-reviewed publication
February 2019
Brazil

In this study, methods, originally developed to assess life course trajectories, are explored in order to evaluate land change through the analysis of sequences of land use/cover. Annual land cover maps which describe land use/land cover change for the 1985–2017 period for a large region in Northeast Brazil were analyzed. The most frequent sequences, the entropy and the turbulence of the land trajectories, and the average time of permanence were computed. Clusters of similar sequences were determined using different dissimilarity measures.

Land Governance in Post-Conflict Settings: Interrogating Decision-Making by International Actors cover image
Peer-reviewed publication
February 2019
Burundi
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Humanitarian and development organizations working in conflict-affected settings have a particular responsibility to do no harm and contribute to the wellbeing of the population without bias. The highly complex, politicized realities of work in conflict- and post-conflict settings often require quick, pragmatic and results-oriented decisions, the foundations of which remain frequently implicit. Such decisions might follow an intrinsic logic or situational pragmatism rather than intensive deliberation.

Expropriation of Real Property in Kigali City: Scoping the Patterns of Spatial Justice cover image
Peer-reviewed publication
January 2019
Rwanda

The key question in this article is the extent to which current real property expropriation practices in Kigali city promote spatial justice. Current studies focus on the ambiguous manner in which real property valuation had been regulated by the expropriation law of 2007, leading to unfair compensation and various conflicts between expropriating agencies and expropriated people. Following its amendment in 2015, the law currently provides clearer procedures for valuation and fair compensation, based on the market prices.

Understanding Land in the Context of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: A Brief History of Land in Economics
Journal Articles & Books
January 2019
Africa
Latin America and the Caribbean
Asia
Global

In economics, land has been traditionally assumed to be a fixed production factor, both in terms of quantity supplied and mobility, as opposed to capital and labor, which are usually considered to be mobile factors, at least to some extent. Yet, in the last decade, international investors have expressed an unexpected interest in farmland and in land-related investments, with the demand for land brusquely rising at an unprecedented pace.

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Journal Articles & Books
January 2019
France
Global

Date: 3 janvier 2019

Source: Reporterre.net

Par: Marie Astier

Les sols sont vivants, indispensables à la vie, et presque non renouvelables. Ils sont pourtant assaillis par l’étalement urbain et des pratiques agricoles désastreuses. Sans oublier l’intrusion croissante de sociétés foncières spéculatives. Un rapport parlementaire alerte sur cette situation et appelle à une grande loi foncière.

Peer-reviewed publication
May 2018
Global

Statutory recognition of rural communities as collective owners of their lands is substantial,

Peer-reviewed publication
March 2018
Czech Republic

Railway trespassing is a very risky but common behaviour, resulting in about 200 casualties annually in the Czech Republic. This study describes the formation of 27 selected risk localities with frequent occurrence of trespassing in the regions of southern, central and northern Moravia. To be able to describe the process, an evaluation of the development of land use was conducted within a wide spatial context of each spot. The evaluation was focused on functional use of built-up areas (collective and individual housing, industrial areas, shopping and services, recreational areas, etc.).

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