The causes of land-use and land-cover change : Moving beyond the myths

Lambin Eric F., Turner B.L., Geist Helmut J., Agbola Samuel B., Angelsen Arild, Bruce John W., Coomes Oliver T., Dirzo Rodolpho, Fischer Günther, Folke Carl, George P.S., Homewwod Katherine, Imbernon Jacques, Leemans Rik, Li Xiubin, Moran Emilio F., Mortimore Michael, Ramakrishnan P.S., Richards John F., Skanes Helle, Steffen Will, Stone Glenn D., Svedin Uno, Veldkamp Tom A., Vogel Coleen, Xu Jianchu. 2001. The causes of land-use and land-cover change : Moving beyond the myths. Global Environmental Change, 11 : pp. 261-269.

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Abstract : Common understanding of the causes of land-use and land-cover change is dominated by simplifications which, in turn, underlie many environment-development policies. This article tracks some of the major myths on driving forces of land-cover change and proposes alternative pathways of change that are better supported by case study evidence. Cases reviewed support the conclusion that neither population nor poverty alone constitute the sole and major underlying causes of land-cover change worldwide. Rather, peoples' responses to economic opportunities, as mediated by institutional factors, drive land-cover changes. Opportunities and constraints for new land uses are created by local as well as national markets and policies. Global forces become the main determinants of land-use change, as they amplify or attenuate local factors. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E11 - Land economics and policies

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Lambin Eric F., University of Louvain (BEL)
  • Turner B.L., Clark University (USA)
  • Geist Helmut J., University of Louvain (BEL)
  • Agbola Samuel B., University of Ibadan (NGA)
  • Angelsen Arild, Agricultural University of Norway (NOR)
  • Bruce John W., LTC (USA)
  • Coomes Oliver T., McGill University (CAN)
  • Dirzo Rodolpho, INECOL (MEX)
  • Fischer Günther, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (AUS)
  • Folke Carl, Stockholm University (SWE)
  • George P.S., Centre for Development Studies (IND)
  • Homewwod Katherine, University College London (GBR)
  • Imbernon Jacques, CIRAD-TERA-ERE (FRA)
  • Leemans Rik, RIVM (NLD)
  • Li Xiubin, Académie des sciences de Chine (CHN)
  • Moran Emilio F., CIPEC (USA)
  • Mortimore Michael, IIED (GBR)
  • Ramakrishnan P.S., Jawaharlal Nehru University (IND)
  • Richards John F., Duke University (USA)
  • Skanes Helle, Stockholm University (SWE)
  • Steffen Will, Royal Swedish Academy of Science (SWE)
  • Stone Glenn D., Washington University (USA)
  • Svedin Uno, Swedish Council for Planing and Coordination of Research (SWE)
  • Veldkamp Tom A., Wageningen Agricultural University (NLD)
  • Vogel Coleen, University of the Witwatersrand (ZAF)
  • Xu Jianchu, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CHN)

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