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Cropland intensification as an alternative to mitigate land use conflict: trade-offs and policy implications

  • 1 February, 2020
  • Wageningen University, Land Use Planning
  • prof. MM Bakker
  • dr ir GJ Carsjens

The world’s cities must grow to accommodate growing urban populations, and achieving this with minimal impact on ecosystems is a big challenge. The land-sparing and sharing framework was proposed to explore appropriate land use strategies around food production and biodiversity, but the framework has also been applied in the context of urbanization. This project aims to build a framework for integrating multiple ecosystem services in land-sharing-sparing scenarios, to support sustainable land use planning strategies in urban areas. It takes three different urban scale levels in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei metropolitan area as the study area to gain insight into the spatial relationship between natural land and different urban land uses. Key ecosystem service indicators and urban land use intensities are selected to discuss trade-offs between land sharing and sparing. The results can show the suitability of land-sparing and sharing strategies for urban regions and provide theoretical support for land-use decision-makers.

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