Analyzing post-socialist grassland conversion in a traditional agricultural landscape – Case study Croatia

Authors: Cvitanović, M., Lučev, I., Fürst-Bjeliš, B., Borčić, L.S., Horvat, S. and Valožić, L.

Journal: Journal of Rural Studies

Volume: 51

Pages: 53-63

ISSN: 0743-0167

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.01.008

Abstract:

Shrub encroachment and agricultural intensification have been a widespread occurrence in the former communist and socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Such changes have strongly affected grassland areas which are seen as hotspots of biodiversity in Europe. In this study we have investigated the changes in grassland cover as well as the causal mechanism of those changes in a selected region in Northern Croatia during the post-socialist transition. By using the mixed methods approach we combined remote sensing, statistical modelling and a household-based questionnaire (n = 285) to map the changes in the grassland cover and to assess the socio-economic and bio-physical contributing factors of the documented changes. The results demonstrate that areas seeing general depopulation trends and population ageing, along with increases in the amount of educated people are characterized by shrub encroachment and farmland abandonment, while flatlands and lowland areas are seeing higher rates of grassland to farmland conversion. The results also show that the partial de-agrarization characteristic for the socialist period has become a full de-agrarization in the post-socialist period, with the main impetus being education, rather than employment, as was the case during socialism.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/26977/

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Analyzing post-socialist grassland conversion in a traditional agricultural landscape - Case study Croatia

Authors: Cvitanovic, M., Lucev, I., Furst-Bjelis, B., Slavuj Borcic, L., Horvat, S. and Valozic, L.

Journal: JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES

Volume: 51

Pages: 53-63

ISSN: 0743-0167

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.01.008

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/26977/

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Analyzing post-socialist grassland conversion in a traditional agricultural landscape – Case study Croatia

Authors: Cvitanovic, M., Lučev, I., Fürst-Bjeliš, B., Slavuj Borčić, L., Horvat, S. and Valožić, L.

Journal: Journal of Rural Studies

Volume: 51

Pages: 53-63

ISSN: 1873-1392

DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.01.008

Abstract:

Shrub encroachment and agricultural intensification have been a widespread occurrence in the former communist and socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Such changes have strongly affected grassland areas which are seen as hotspots of biodiversity in Europe. In this study we have investigated the changes in grassland cover as well as the causal mechanism of those changes in a selected region in Northern Croatia during the post-socialist transition. By using the mixed methods approach we combined remote sensing, statistical modelling and a household-based questionnaire (n = 285) to map the changes in the grassland cover and to assess the socio-economic and bio-physical contributing factors of the documented changes. The results demonstrate that areas seeing general depopulation trends and population ageing, along with increases in the amount of educated people are characterized by shrub encroachment and farmland abandonment, while flatlands and lowland areas are seeing higher rates of grassland to farmland conversion. The results also show that the partial de-agrarization characteristic for the socialist period has become a full de-agrarization in the post-socialist period, with the main impetus being education, rather than employment, as was the case during socialism.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/26977/

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