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Global understanding of farmland abandonment: A review and prospects
Li, Shengfa1,2; Li, Xiubin1
2017-09-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES
ISSN1009-637X
Volume27Issue:9Pages:1123-1150
Corresponding AuthorLi, Xiubin(lixb@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractSince the 1950s, noteworthy farmland abandonment has been occurring in many developed countries and some developing countries. This global land use phenomenon has fundamentally altered extensive rural landscapes. A review of global farmland abandonment under the headings of "land use change-driving mechanisms-impacts and consequences-policy responses" found the following: (1) Farmland abandonment has occurred primarily in developed countries in Europe and North America, but the extent of abandonment has varied significantly. (2) Changing socio-economic factors were the primary driving forces for the farmland abandonment. And land marginalization was the fundamental cause, which was due to the drastic increase of farming opportunity cost, while the direct factor for abandonment was the shrink of agricultural labor forces. (3) Whether to abandon, to what extent and its spatial distributions were finally dependent on integrated effect from the physical conditions, laborer attributes, farming and regional socio-economic conditions at the village, household and parcel scales. With the exception of Eastern Europe, farmland abandonment was more likely to occur in mountainous and hilly areas, due to their unfavorable farming conditions. (4) A study of farmland abandonment should focus on its ecological and environmental effects, while which is more positive or more negative are still in dispute. (5) Increasing agricultural subsidies will be conductive to slowing the rate of farmland abandonment, but this is not the only measure that needs to be implemented. Due to China's rapid urbanization, there is a high probability that the rate of abandonment will increase in the near future. However, very little research has focused on this rapid land-use trend in China, and, as a result, there is an inadequate understanding of the dynamic mechanisms and consequences of this phenomenon. This paper concludes by suggesting some future directions for further research in China. These directions include monitoring regional and national abandonment dynamics, analyzing trends, assessing the risks and socio-economic effects of farmland abandonment, and informing policy making.
Keywordfarmland abandonment farmland marginalization Land-Use and Cover-Change (LUCC) research progress and prospects
DOI10.1007/s11442-017-1426-0
WOS KeywordAGRICULTURAL LAND ABANDONMENT ; FOREST TRANSITION ; CROPLAND ABANDONMENT ; BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ; MOUNTAINOUS AREAS ; SPANISH PYRENEES ; FARMING SYSTEMS ; SWISS MOUNTAINS ; EASTERN-EUROPE ; UNITED-STATES
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNSFC-IIASA Major International Joint Research Project[41161140352]
Funding OrganizationNSFC-IIASA Major International Joint Research Project
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical
WOS IDWOS:000404514400008
PublisherSCIENCE PRESS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/63209
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLi, Xiubin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Land Surface Pattern & Simulat, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Li, Shengfa,Li, Xiubin. Global understanding of farmland abandonment: A review and prospects[J]. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES,2017,27(9):1123-1150.
APA Li, Shengfa,&Li, Xiubin.(2017).Global understanding of farmland abandonment: A review and prospects.JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES,27(9),1123-1150.
MLA Li, Shengfa,et al."Global understanding of farmland abandonment: A review and prospects".JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES 27.9(2017):1123-1150.
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