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Impact of Rural Land Transfer on Land Use Functions in Western China’s Guyuan Based on a Multi-Level Stakeholder Assessment Framework

by 1 and 2,*
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Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
2
School of Resource and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1376; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051376
Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 25 April 2018 / Accepted: 26 April 2018 / Published: 28 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture)
To achieve sustainable rural development, it is necessary to simultaneously protect ecologically important land and efficiently use existing agricultural land. Land use functions (LUFs) are widely used to assess regional sustainable development. Guyuan is located in a typical hilly and gully region of western China, with ecologically fragile land. Rural land transfer (RLT) has been advocated to prevent abandonment of agricultural land and promote rational, effective utilization of the land. In this study, we used LUFs in a multi-level stakeholder assessment framework to integrate the opinions of all stakeholders in an evaluation of the impact of RLT on regional sustainable development. We employed the framework for participatory impact assessment, key informant interviews, and questionnaires to obtain data to support the development of scenarios to compare the impacts on LUFs. We found that RLT had positive impacts on each LUF in Guyuan, especially for the land-based production and food security LUFs. Importantly, the measures required to support RLT must vary among landforms and location conditions to successfully develop the LUFs and ensure sustainable development. We found that the integrated multi-level stakeholder assessment framework can comprehensively assess the impacts of land use measures on sustainable development and support regional land-use decision-making. View Full-Text
Keywords: land usage rights; land use functions; FoPIA; Guyuan; western China land usage rights; land use functions; FoPIA; Guyuan; western China
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Xue, Z.; Zhen, L. Impact of Rural Land Transfer on Land Use Functions in Western China’s Guyuan Based on a Multi-Level Stakeholder Assessment Framework. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1376. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051376

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Xue Z, Zhen L. Impact of Rural Land Transfer on Land Use Functions in Western China’s Guyuan Based on a Multi-Level Stakeholder Assessment Framework. Sustainability. 2018; 10(5):1376. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051376

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Xue, Zhichao, and Lin Zhen. 2018. "Impact of Rural Land Transfer on Land Use Functions in Western China’s Guyuan Based on a Multi-Level Stakeholder Assessment Framework" Sustainability 10, no. 5: 1376. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051376

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