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Land 2015, 4(3), 778-806; doi:10.3390/land4030778

Stakeholder Strategies for Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land Use Scenarios: Analytical Framework and Identifying Land Use Claims

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Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
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Institute of Geography, Department of Human Geography, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Goldschmidtstr. 5, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Faculty of Landscape Management and Nature Conservation, University for Sustainable Development (HNEE), Schickler Str 5, 16225 Eberswalde, Germany
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Academic Editors: Benjamin Burkhard and Stefan Hotes
Received: 8 June 2015 / Revised: 21 August 2015 / Accepted: 7 September 2015 / Published: 14 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agro(Eco)System Services—Supply and Demand from Fields to Society)
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Abstract

Despite scientific progress in operationalizing sustainable development (SD), it is still hampered by methodological challenges at the regional level. We developed a framework to analyse stakeholder based, SD targets for future land use, which are characterized by different impact levels and spatial references. The framework allows for the analysis of land use demands in the context of SD. We identified societal use targets in north-eastern Germany, particularly for the area type’s lowland fens and irrigation fields, represented through strategy documents. We used frame analysis to aggregate and condense the targets into land use claims. Results present a framework for the ex-ante Sustainability Impact Assessment of land use changes at the regional level and the determination and regionalization of the future societal demand for land use functions. For future land use at the regional level, manifold land use claims exist, but on smaller scales, area-specific targets are less apparent. Six key main-use claims and 44 side-use claims were identified at the regional level and for area types. Possible trade-offs among land use claims for land use functions can be identified at each governance level. Implications of the methodological approach are discussed according to moving development targets and SD as multi-sector and multi-level governance issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: land use conflicts; trade-offs; multifunctional land use; land use functions; multi-level governance; environmental policy integration; stakeholder analysis; frame analysis land use conflicts; trade-offs; multifunctional land use; land use functions; multi-level governance; environmental policy integration; stakeholder analysis; frame analysis
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Hermanns, T.; Helming, K.; Schmidt, K.; König, H.J.; Faust, H. Stakeholder Strategies for Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land Use Scenarios: Analytical Framework and Identifying Land Use Claims. Land 2015, 4, 778-806.

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