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DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.05.006
Title (Primary) Environmental impact assessment of urban land use transitions - a context-sensitive approach
Author Nuissl, H.; Haase, D.; Lanzendorf, M.; Wittmer, H. ORCID logo
Source Titel Land Use Policy
Year 2009
Volume 26
Issue 2
Page From 414
Page To 424
Language englisch
Keywords Land use policy; Urban sprawl; Land use transition; Quantification; Environmental impacts
Abstract Land consumption due to residential development, economic growth and transportation belongs to the most serious environmental pressures on landscapes worldwide, in particular in urbanised areas. Accordingly, the aim of containing the development of land is rated increasingly high on the agenda of environmental policy, at least in densely populated countries such as Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands or the UK. As a result, different strategies and instruments to prevent excessive land consumption are being discussed. However, many of these strategies and instruments adopt a rather general approach, while it seems more effective to define the particular areas where the goal of reducing land consumption is to be pursued. Such an approach must draw on information about how detrimental specific land use transitions are with regard to, for instance, the functionality of soils, water balance or habitat quality at specific locations. This paper introduces a conceptual framework for the impact assessment of land use transition in urban areas which highlights how such information can be acquired. This framework includes the differentiation of two levels of impact assessment: the level of the single land unit and the context level which takes into account regional and aggregated impacts of land use transition bound to the spatial context. The conceptual framework provides a basis to disaggregate (supra-)national policy targets regarding land use, to scale them down to the regional level, and thus to clarify the spatially explicit implications of land use policies.
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Nuissl, H., Haase, D., Lanzendorf, M., Wittmer, H. (2009):
Environmental impact assessment of urban land use transitions - a context-sensitive approach
Land Use Pol. 26 (2), 414 - 424 10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.05.006