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Sustainable Land-Use Management and Environmental Performance considering Spatial and Temporal Impacts

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil Conservation and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 6331

Special Issue Editors

School of Public Management, Liaoning University, Shenyang 110036, China
Interests: land use and management; land property rights
College of Public Administration, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
Interests: land use; cultivated land protection
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Dear Colleagues,

Land is the carrier resource of socioeconomic development, the foundation of rights and interests and the basis of life. With the increasingly diversified land-use demands of human activities, the utilization and protection of land have become some of the most significant social issues in many parts of the world. The rapid process of urbanization and industrialization as well as rising populations have not only brought great challenges to the sustainable utilization and management of urban land, but also imposed a great negative impact on rural land utilization and ecological environment protection. Both urban and rural land are faced with excessive exploitation and irrational utilization, and thereby the harmony of the human–land system devolves from order to disorder. Cultivated land reduction and urban land expansion not only give rise to eco-environmental issues, such as soil erosion, environmental pollution, and carbon emission increases, etc., but also cause many social problems around land rights and interests. Sustainable land-use serves the interests of people around the world. We hope that if sustainable development and environmental performance can be integrated into the processes of land-use, it will help to satisfy the diversified demands of human activities, and minimize or mitigate the adverse ecological and social impacts at the same time.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect innovative research regarding sustainable land-use management and environmental performance from different research perspectives, at all spatial levels, from local to global, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the global challenges of the sustainable development goals. We encourage researchers to publish original research articles or reviews concerning sustainable land-use management and environmental performance, preferably making use of big data, advanced spatial analysis technology, and intelligent algorithms, etc. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Land-use and sustainable development,
  • Sustainable land management approaches,
  • Environmental performance of land-use,
  • Land-use and conflicts,
  • Land-use and eco-compensation,
  • The integrated management system of urban and rural land.

Dr. Min Zhou
Dr. Bing Kuang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainable land-use and management
  • environmental performance
  • the harmony of the human–land system
  • sustainable development

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Effects of Continuous Adoption of Artificial Intelligence Technology on the Behavior of Holders’ Farmland Quality Protection: The Role of Social Norms and Green Cognition
by Yanhong Guo, Yifang Dong, Xu Wei and Yifei Dong
Sustainability 2023, 15(14), 10760; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151410760 - 8 Jul 2023
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The continuous adoption of artificial intelligence technology (CAAIT) has fully demonstrated its transformative roles in various fields, and it has effectively improved the economic benefits of agriculture in practical applications. However, sustainable agricultural development can only be achieved if economic and environmental benefits [...] Read more.
The continuous adoption of artificial intelligence technology (CAAIT) has fully demonstrated its transformative roles in various fields, and it has effectively improved the economic benefits of agriculture in practical applications. However, sustainable agricultural development can only be achieved if economic and environmental benefits are reconciled. Then, it is necessary to explore whether CAAIT can provide valuable environmental benefits. Therefore, this paper uses AMOS 22.0 and SPSS 25.0 software, a hierarchical regression model, and bootstrapping to analyze the survey data of 522 farmers and finds that: (1) CAAIT is positively correlated with the behavior of holders’ farmland quality protection (BHFQP). (2) Social norms (SN) partially mediate the relationship between CAAIT and BHFQP. (3) Green cognition (GC) plays a negative intermediary role in the relationship between CAAIT and SN. (4) GC also moderates the mediating effect of SN in the relationship between CAAIT and BHFQP. This paper attempts to explore whether, how, and when CAAIT can affect BHFQP, providing new empirical research to improve holders’ farmland quality protection behavior. Full article
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Quality Evaluation of Park Green Space Based on Multi-Source Spatial Data in Shenyang
by Yiyang Guo, Guoping Lei and Luyang Zhang
Sustainability 2023, 15(11), 8991; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15118991 - 2 Jun 2023
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Park green spaces serve as essential urban public recreation spaces and represent significant components of urban construction land. Investigating the quality of park green spaces is a vital requirement for the establishment of a high-quality urban living environment and the enhancement of land [...] Read more.
Park green spaces serve as essential urban public recreation spaces and represent significant components of urban construction land. Investigating the quality of park green spaces is a vital requirement for the establishment of a high-quality urban living environment and the enhancement of land use efficiency. This study developed a quality evaluation index system for park green spaces in Shenyang, considering the constituent elements of recreational spaces. By categorizing 168 park spaces into four size grades and employing the entropy-TOPSIS method with multiple data sources, the research assessed and analyzed the generally quality of park green spaces in Shenyang. Additionally, the study analyzed factors limiting park green spaces and introduced the Recreational Quality Index (RQI) to represent the distribution of park green space resources within the study area. The results demonstrated that 46 low-quality park green spaces require urgent improvement, and the riverside area and the vicinity of the second ring road possess high-quality park green space resources. Barriers of the same scale in park green spaces exhibited similar characteristics. Park green spaces in Huanggu District were allocated recreational resources optimally. The analysis determined that system construction and deep cultural heritage are crucial factors. This study can offer a scientific basis and recommendations for the development of park green spaces and the enhancement of efficient urban land use. Full article
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Does the Differentiation of China’s Land Policy Promote Regional Economic Development?
by Shijin Zhang, Weiwei Zhang, Jie Xu and Yichi Zhang
Sustainability 2023, 15(11), 8737; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15118737 - 29 May 2023
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The land factor in China still has many distortions which are the key constraints to economic development. The government intervention in land prices is the root cause of distortions in land factor. So, how to achieve the optimization land utilize through policy guidance [...] Read more.
The land factor in China still has many distortions which are the key constraints to economic development. The government intervention in land prices is the root cause of distortions in land factor. So, how to achieve the optimization land utilize through policy guidance is one of the most important issues. Using China’s city panel data from 2010 to 2020, this study assesses the economic impacts of the inter-provincial transfer of construction land indicators by synthetic difference-in-differences method and estimates the growth effect and equilibrium development effect of the policy, respectively. The results show that first, the differentiation of the land policy will give more land indicators to the backward regions, so that the local governments can obtain more land concession opportunities; thus, a more obvious “land finance” is formed and local economic growth is promoted; second, the differentiation of the land policy fails to promote the balanced development between regions, further expanding the development differences between regions. The findings of this study not only provide countermeasure suggestions for the area in China but can also be applied to many developing countries, especially those which are rapidly developing, to help the development of poor regions through targeted fiscal transfer policies. Full article
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Unveiling the Impact of Digital Financial Inclusion on Low-Carbon Green Utilization of Farmland: The Roles of Farmland Transfer and Management Scale
by Hua Zhang, Qiwang Zhang, Man An, Zixuan Zhang and Nanqiao He
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 3556; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15043556 - 15 Feb 2023
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Low-carbon green utilization of farmland, which is a significant driver of high-quality development of agriculture, has aroused wide concern in the recent years. In practice, the expansion of digital financial inclusion seems to provide valuable opportunities for the development of low-carbon green utilization [...] Read more.
Low-carbon green utilization of farmland, which is a significant driver of high-quality development of agriculture, has aroused wide concern in the recent years. In practice, the expansion of digital financial inclusion seems to provide valuable opportunities for the development of low-carbon green utilization of farmland. In these conditions, using Chinese provincial panel data from 2011 to 2020 and structural equation model (SEM) analysis in STATA 16.0, this paper empirically verified that: (1) digital financial inclusion is positively related to low-carbon green utilization of farmland; (2) farmland transfer mediates the relationship between digital financial inclusion and low-carbon green utilization of farmland; (3) farmland management scale positively moderates the relationship between farmland transfer and low-carbon green utilization of farmland and it is in support of moderated mediating effects. This paper attempts to investigate whether, how, and when digital financial inclusion can affect low-carbon green utilization of farmland, which provides new empirical evidence for the improvement of farmland green utilization. Full article
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