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Is a Sustainable Land-Use Policy in Germany Possible?


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  • Beate Fischer

    (University of Heidelberg, Alfred-Weber-Institut)

  • Frank Jöst

    (University of Heidelberg, Alfred-Weber-Institut)

  • Bernd Klauer

    (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)

  • Johannes Schiller

    (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)

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    Land is an essential but limited natural resource. We employ the concept of stocks to analyse driving forces for land-use conversion and to assess, whether the German political “30- hectares-goal” is feasible given the current institutional setting. In this paper major driving forces for land-use conversion are identified and underlying stocks and persistent institutional structures as well as their dynamics are investigated. It will be shown that meeting the 30- hectares-goal is unlikely. We further argue that due to persistent stocks and institutional structures land-use conversion from agricultural into urbanised land takes place on smaller time scales than its reconversion. We conclude that demographic change and regional migration processes may result in further land-use conversion even with declining population. Economic structural change as well as an increasing traffic volume will likewise contribute to further land-use conversion.

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    Paper provided by University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0484.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:awi:wpaper:0484

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    Keywords: Sustainability; Land use; Stocks; Institutional Reform;

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    1. Faber, Malte & Frank, Karin & Klauer, Bernd & Manstetten, Reiner & Schiller, Johannes & Wissel, Christian, 2005. "On the foundation of a general theory of stocks," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 155-172, November.
    2. Michael P Johnson, 2001. "Environmental impacts of urban sprawl: a survey of the literature and proposed research agenda," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 33(4), pages 717-735, April.
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