Special Issue "Spatial Planning and Land-Use Management"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 18772
Interests: geographic information system; land-use science; collaborative simulation; spatial planning; complexity science
Interests: spatial planning; regional and urban planning; evaluation of public policies; data collection and monitoring systems; health cities
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Socioeconomic, demographic, climatic, cultural or political drivers have been recognized as major forces shaping the landscape around the world, affecting both the natural and physical structure of the landscape. The competition for land use has led to a continuous loss of natural and semi-natural land to impervious surfaces, contributing to the increase in land fragmentation, the loss of biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and land degradation.
Spatial planning and land-use management instruments play an important role in managing the trade-offs between improving the quality of life of populations and addressing the protection of the environment and natural resource management. Furthermore, they contribute to recognizing alternatives for land use to meet socioeconomic, cultural and environmental demands and ensure the protection of populations, addressing the principles of efficiency, equity and sustainability. However, it is in an “unstable equilibrium” driven by the physical structures of places and how they interact, by the articulation between the different policies and by the socioeconomic agent’s behavior. As spatial planning and land-use management instruments have long-term impacts that will affect the future development of societies, it is critical to develop optimal spatial planning systems and instruments today. This is even more critical in regions where the demand for housing, infrastructures, services or food is expected to grow fast. Some of the measures that could be implemented could be redirected to a more inclusive and system-oriented territorial development (e.g., by adapting the instruments to the different interests of socioeconomic actors while establishing good resource management and a low-carbon future).
Therefore, an improvement in spatial planning and land-use management (by reversing or anticipating potential negative impacts on land-use changes) is critical and can contribute to supporting policymakers in a better decision-making process. In this Special Issue, we would like to invite you to submit regular research articles and reviews articles on one or more of the following topics of interest (but you are not limited to these):
- Spatial planning, land-use management, and decision making to contribute to, for example, the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), and the Paris Climate Agreement: green infrastructure, urban health, coastal pressures, periurban systems, and rural–urban interactions.
- Past and/or future land-use/land-cover change analysis and modeling (using, for example, geocomputation methods).
- Participatory land-use planning (using methods and tools to support multi-stakeholder planning approaches) and systemic thinking.
- Land-use impact analysis and future scenario building.
- Land-use conflicts in future scenarios (e.g., new roles for periurban and rurban territories; increasing water consumption in a context of local agricultural systems).
- Land-use and circular-economy planning options.
- Land-use changes and accessibility patterns.
Dr. Eduardo Gomes
Dr. Eduarda Marques da Costa
Dr. Patrícia Abrantes
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- Spatial planning
- Land-use management
- Land-use/land cover
- Participatory planning
- System thinking planning
- Future scenarios
- Land-use conflicts
- Periurban and rurban territories
- Sustainable development goals
- Geospatial modeling
- Remote sensing