Land Use and Global Value Chains

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

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Prof. Dr. Ximena Rueda Fajardo
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School of Management, Universidad de los Andes, Calle 21 No. 1-20, Bogota 110311, Colombia
Interests: globalization; land-use change; commodity value chains; corporate social responsibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The impacts of globalization on land use change have been a preoccupation in the scientific and policy realms for at least the last decade. Research has documented the impacts of globalized trade on deforestation, biodiversity, water quality and availability, land rights, and environmental governance, among many other areas (Meyfroidt et al. 2013, Sikor et al. 2013). A common thread of research has also developed around new hybrid mechanisms of environmental governance that have emerged as a response to these negative impacts (Auld et al. 2010, Mayer and Gereffi 2010). The private sector, together with NGOs, has developed environmental governance mechanisms to reduce impacts on ecosystem services and to improve human wellbeing. Because such mechanisms are usually voluntary and privately driven, the literature has also explored its limits, and thus, possible connections to public governance and supra-national governance (Albareda et al. 2008, Borzel and Risse 2010, Borzel et al. 2012, Knudsen and Moon 2012, Lambin et al. 2014, Ponte and Sturgeon 2014, Verbruggen 2013).

This Special Issue aims at reflecting on new frontiers in research regarding land use and global value chains. We are particularly interested in the following domains:

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of hybrid mechanisms for sustainability in targeting conservation hotspots, producing synergies with domestic public policies to enhance environmental governance and create regional impacts to effectively protect ecosystem services and human well-being.
  • Analyses of the legitimacy, transparency and equity implications of hybrid forms of environmental governance and its connections to public policies.
  • The implications of land use change in a globalized era for climate adaptation and resilience.

Dr. Ximena Rueda Fajardo
Guest Editor

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Unexpected Interactions between Agricultural and Forest Sectors through International Trade: Wood Pallets and Agricultural Exports in Costa Rica
Land 2017, 6(1), 1; - 24 Dec 2016
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International market forces have played an increasingly important role in shaping land use dynamics through complex supply chains. In Costa Rica, the shift from a net loss to a net gain in forest cover was facilitated by forest plantations and the replacement of [...] Read more.
International market forces have played an increasingly important role in shaping land use dynamics through complex supply chains. In Costa Rica, the shift from a net loss to a net gain in forest cover was facilitated by forest plantations and the replacement of extensive cropland and pastures by export-oriented, high-yielding crops. However, agricultural intensification generated several feedbacks affecting forests. We analyzed the interactions between Costa Rica’s agricultural and forestry sectors associated with the use of wood pallets for commodity exports over 1985–2013. Wood pallets for growing agricultural exports created a demand for domestic tree plantations. The annual land demand for tree plantations to produce these wood pallets increased by 669%, reaching 17,606 ha in 2013 and representing 28% of the increase in demand for cropland for agricultural exports over 1994–2013. Wood supplied from plantations failed to fully substitute for wood from natural forests, only allowing for a relative substitution and preventing a major sparing of these forests. The dominant use of wood from plantations for production of low-value pallets de-incentivized investments in sustainable plantations. We showed that, beyond the typical interactions between agriculture and forestry through direct competition for land, international trade generated unexpected feedback where agricultural activities and supply chains affected forestry by triggering new demand and profound changes in forestry management. Land systems behave as complex systems, calling for integrated approaches to study the outcomes of forest conservation, reforestation programs, and development of land-based businesses. Full article
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