Environment
Project
March 12, 2021

Land Use Change in the Urban-Rural-Forest Interface

The loss of land to development at the urban-rural/forest interface is of particular concern to policymakers as the irreversibility that it entails threatens the ecological and socioeconomic value of agricultural and forestlands.

The aim of this project is to model private agents’ decisions about whether and when to convert their lands either to reversible or irreversible uses for policy purposes based on an empirical application to a Portuguese study site. To complement the statistical data, we intend to collect micro- data by conducting two surveys on local stakeholders, including landowners. After choosing the benchmark context, the structural model is calibrated and validated by using numerical simulations. Then, policy implications are derived based on scenario analysis, reflecting policy-relevant contexts associated with changes in the regulatory context, among others. The methodology proposed can be replicated, thus providing an important tool to guide policy design locally.

Partner: Nova Information Management School

Funded by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Researchers: Maria Antonieta Cunha e Sá, Sofia Franco, Luis Catela Nunes, Carina Silva, Renato Rosa

Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center

Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center

Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center develops applied research and provides policy advice in environmental and natural resources economics.

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13. Climate action
15. Life on land
Environment
Opinion Article
SDG
8
12
13

A Step Towards a More Sustainable Financial Market

Undeniably, society’s concern about being green has been growing tremendously for the past years, and environmental awareness is certainly one of the century's burning issues. Consumers are changing their behaviors, opting for sustainable products,and making more aware choices. However, is replacing a plastic bag with a paper one the only way of being green?

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Urban houses.
Environment
Research insight
SDG
11

Leveraging geospatial statistics for measuring and valuing the urban environment

How can municipalities design policies to manage environmental concerns from flooding or pollution? In his PhD thesis, Jacob Macdonald looks at emerging uses of geospatial data for analysing the urban environment.

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Environment
Project
SDG
13
14
17

Integrating climate change in ocean planning

OceanPlan project is a 3-year research project investigating how marine spatial planning can both be affected by and adapt to global climate change.

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