Sustainable Development Under Competing Claims on Land: Three Pathways Between Land-Use Changes, Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being

Schneider, Flurina; Feurer, Mélanie; Lundsgaard-Hansen, Lara Maria; Myint, Win; Nuam, Cing Don; Nydegger, Katharina; Oberlack, Christoph; Tun, Nwe Nwe; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Tun, Aung Myin; Messerli, Peter (2020). Sustainable Development Under Competing Claims on Land: Three Pathways Between Land-Use Changes, Ecosystem Services and Human Well-Being. The European journal of development research, 32(2), pp. 316-337. Springer 10.1057/s41287-020-00268-x

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Competition over land is at the core of many sustainable development challenges in Myanmar: villagers, companies, governments, ethnic minority groups, civil soci-ety organisations and non-governmental organisations from local to the international level claim access to and decision-making power over the use of land. Therefore, this article investigates the actor interactions influencing land-use changes and their impacts on the supply of ecosystem services and human well-being. We utilise a transdisciplinary mixed-methods approach and the analytical lens of the social-eco-logical systems framework. Results reveal that the links between land-use changes, ecosystem services and human well-being are multifaceted; For example ecosys-tem services can decline, while human well-being increases. We explain this find-ing through three different pathways to impact (changes in the resource systems, the governance systems or the broader social, economic and political context). We con-clude with implications of these results for future sustainable land governance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Schneider, Flurina; Feurer, Mélanie; Lundsgaard, Lara Maria; Nydegger, Katharina Barbara; Oberlack, Christoph; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin and Messerli, Peter

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0957-8811

Publisher:

Springer

Projects:

[420] Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
[803] Cluster: Land Resources

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

29 Jun 2020 16:46

Last Modified:

05 Jul 2020 02:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1057/s41287-020-00268-x

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Claims on land, Sustainability, Ecosystem services, Human well-being, Myanmar

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144101

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144101

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