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Land Abandonment: Concept And Consequences

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  • Corbelle Rico, Eduardo
  • Crecente Maseda, Rafael
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    Land abandonment, and the resulting decrease in Utilised Agricultural Area is a matter of great concern in regions within the European Union, among which Galicia is included. Precisely, the new Land Bank of Galicia has been put to work in 2007 to address this situation, related to many important issues in rural areas in Galicia: the catastrophic dimensions of forest fires, the decline and ageing of rural population, and an inefficient use of land which limits the competitiveness of the agricultural sector. It is worth noting, though, that the term abandonment itself needs some clarification. With this frame in mind, a theoretic discussion and a literature review on the subject are presented. Moreover, the paper emphasizes the multidimensional character of the problem and the need of complementing the economic studies with others, more focused on the territorial perspective.

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    Article provided by University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business. in its journal Revista Galega de Economía.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
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    Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:17:y:2008:i:2_2

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    Keywords: Land abandonment / Land bank / UAA / Marginal land / Forest fires;

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    1. Barrio, Melina & Loureiro, Maria L. & Chas, Maria Luisa, 2007. "Aproximacion a las perdidas economicas ocasionadas a corto plazo por los incendios forestales en Galicia en 2006," Economia Agraria y Recursos Naturales, Spanish Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 7(14).
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