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dc.contributor.authorUpton, Vincent
dc.contributor.authorO'Donoghue, Cathal
dc.contributor.authorRyan, Mary
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-26T15:17:02Z
dc.date.available2014-02-26T15:17:02Z
dc.date.issued27/11/2013
dc.identifier.citationUpton, V., O'Donoghue, C., & Ryan, M. 2014. The physical, economic and policy drivers of land conversion to forestry in Ireland. Journal of Environmental Management, 132: 79-86.DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.10.017en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0301-4797
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/537
dc.descriptionpeer-reviewed
dc.description.abstractLand use change is fundamentally a product of the interaction of physical land characteristics, economic considerations and agricultural and environmental policies. Researchers are increasingly combining physical and socio-economic spatial data to investigate the drivers of land-use change in relation to policy and economic developments. Focusing on Ireland, this study develops a panel data set of annual afforestation over 2811 small-area boundaries between 1993 and 2007 from vector and raster data sources. Soil type and other physical characteristics are combined with the net returns of converting agricultural land to forestry, based on the micro-simulation of individual farm incomes, to investigate land conversion. A spatial econometric approach is adopted to model the data and a range of physical, economic and policy factors are identified as having a significant effect on afforestation rates. In addition to the financial returns, the availability and quality of land and the implementation of environmental protection policies are identified as important factors in land conversion. The implications of these factors for the goal of forest expansion are discussed in relation to conflicting current and future land use policies.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marineen_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherElsevieren_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Environmental Management;vol 132
dc.subjectAfforestationen_GB
dc.subjectLand-use changeen_GB
dc.subjectPolicy conflictsen_GB
dc.subjectSpatial panel modelen_GB
dc.titleThe physical, economic and policy drivers of land conversion to forestry in Irelanden_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.identifier.rmisREAG-0511-6454
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.10.017
dc.contributor.sponsorDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland


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