Special Issue "Impacts of Land Tenure Systems on Land Use Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hossein Azadi
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Department of Geography, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 S8, 9000 Gent, Belgium
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Interests: land and food policies; land governance; food security; agrarian change; resilient agriculture; sustainable livelihood; vulnerability
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Dr. Sklenička Petr
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Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, Praha–Suchdol, 165 00, Czech Republic
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Interests: landscape planning; landscape ecology; land management; forest management; environmental science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Security of land tenure can be described as the entire set of uses and transfer rights of the land, which could be allocated to individuals, households, groups, and communities. Land tenure insecurity can put sustainability at great risk. An insecure land tenure system and non-accessible formal land use rights documentation can lead to poverty creation by lowering agricultural productivity, low security in investing in land, and poor land use management. The current land tenure system remains a big challenge in many developing countries due to poor land governance, lack of attention to food security, and improving agricultural productivity. Accordingly, having a secure land tenure system is crucial for sustainable land use management. National land development and economic growth policies in many developing countries are not in line with agricultural activities, particularly in rural areas. It is therefore important to examine multidimensional impacts of land tenure systems on sustainable land use. This Special Issue aims to create a multidisciplinary forum addressing the effects of secure and insecure land tenure systems on land use change and management that can either end in land use development (sustainability) or land use degradation (unsustainability). The Special Issue will, therefore, try to explore the main sustainability impacts (i.e., social, economic, and environmental aspects) of different land tenure systems.

This Special Issue of Sustainability is seeking papers that can demonstrate the sustainability effects of in/secure land tenure systems. All types of scientific contributions including qualitative, quantitative studies, analyses of current regulations, critical reviews, or case studies will be welcome in this Special Issue.

Dr. Hossein Azadi
Dr. Sklenička Petr
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Land tenure system Secure land tenure
  • Land title
  • Land administration
  • Land reform
  • Land use policy
  • Land use development
  • Land use change
  • Sustainable land use
  • Land use degradation
  • Land use fragmentation

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Impact of Land Certification on Sustainable Land Use Practices: Case of Gozamin District, Ethiopia
Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5551; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205551 - 09 Oct 2019
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Agroforestry is attracting considerable attention in Ethiopia because of its potential for sustainable land use practices. As land tenure insecurity is a major limiting factor for sustainable land use practices in Ethiopia and developing countries in general, the Ethiopian government launched a rural [...] Read more.
Agroforestry is attracting considerable attention in Ethiopia because of its potential for sustainable land use practices. As land tenure insecurity is a major limiting factor for sustainable land use practices in Ethiopia and developing countries in general, the Ethiopian government launched a rural land certification program to secure land tenure. There are limited empirical studies about the impacts of land certification on sustainable land use practices. To fill this knowledge gap, this study was outlined for an area in the Ethiopian Gozamen district. It investigates the impact of land certification on sustainable land use practices and is focused on factors affecting tree plantation based on a household survey, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and field observations. The results of the study showed that the majority of the respondents practiced sustainable land use practices after their land was certified. Therefore, land certification has a great contribution on sustainable land use practices. In addition, age, consultancy, land size, education, and nurseries proved as significant factors for tree plantation. As access to land is a basic socio-economic precondition for sustainable agriculture and forestry in developing countries, tenure security is a key pathway for the development of the poor and it contributes essentially to achieve sustainable development goals. Full article
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Does Land Tenure Systems Affect Sustainable Agricultural Development?
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3925; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143925 - 18 Jul 2019
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The current study aims to investigate the agricultural investment differences among three kinds of land lease agreements and their effect on farmers’ decisions regarding sustainable growth in terms of soil conservation and wheat productivity, using cross-sectional data from rural households in Punjab, Pakistan. [...] Read more.
The current study aims to investigate the agricultural investment differences among three kinds of land lease agreements and their effect on farmers’ decisions regarding sustainable growth in terms of soil conservation and wheat productivity, using cross-sectional data from rural households in Punjab, Pakistan. The “multivariate Tobit model” was used for the empirical analysis because it considers the possible substitution of investment choices and the tenancy status’ endogeneity. Compared to agricultural lands on lease contracts, landowners involved in agribusiness are more likely to invest in measures to improve soil and increase productivity. Moreover, the present study has also identified that the yield per hectare is much higher for landowners than sharecroppers, and thus, the Marshall’s assumption of low efficiency of tenants under sharecroppers is supported. Full article
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