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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010136

Analysis of Changes in Land Use Patterns Pursuant to the Conversion of Agricultural Land to Non-Agricultural Use in the Context of the Sustainable Development of the Malopolska Region

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Department of Department of Integrated Geodesy and Cartography, AGH University of Science and Technology, 30059 Krakow, Poland
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Department of Agriculture and Geodesy, Marshal’s Office of the Malopolska Province, 30017 Krakow, Poland
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Received: 7 November 2017 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 5 January 2018 / Published: 9 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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This research paper presents the results of analyses that address the direction in which the issue of land use in Malopolska has been heading in recent years. The authors formulated the thesis that changes occurring in the use of agricultural land are advanced and, despite its legal protection, this land is continuously subjected to permanent conversion to non-agricultural use year by year. Verification of the thesis was carried out using taxonomic analyses. As a result, it was proven that as much as 68% of the land converted to non-agricultural use in the study period was earmarked for residential use. Importantly, as much as 19% of these areas are of the best quality classes, i.e., classes I and II, which account for a mere 7% of all agricultural land in Malopolska. Another 79% of the converted agricultural land belonged to the mid class, i.e., class III, which—at the time of writing—represents only 26% in the Malopolska Province. This data demonstrates that the best lands of the Malopolska Province, which belonged to classes I, II and III (i.e., top quality arable soils), were irreversibly degraded by their conversion to non-agricultural use. The paper proposes systemic solutions supporting the decision-making process of administrative bodies aimed at agricultural land protection. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development; agricultural land; conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural use; changes of agricultural land use sustainable development; agricultural land; conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural use; changes of agricultural land use
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Busko, M.; Szafranska, B. Analysis of Changes in Land Use Patterns Pursuant to the Conversion of Agricultural Land to Non-Agricultural Use in the Context of the Sustainable Development of the Malopolska Region. Sustainability 2018, 10, 136.

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