International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (13 papers in press)
Public perspective on mangrove restoration at Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Malaysia
by Alamah Misni, Shahrul Azuan Sharom, Puziah Ahmad
Abstract: The study presents the public perceptions of the restoration of coastal mangroves in Kuala Selangor Nature Park. The natural function of mangroves in this study area is to conserve the rich biodiversity and as a natural filter to the park. The primary objective is to identify the importance of the coastal mangrove restoration programme along the shoreline of the nature park. The study also investigates the effectiveness of restoring coastal mangrove forests and examines user perceptions and appreciation of the area. The target respondents are visitors and the surrounding local community. This study applies mixed methods, qualitative and quantitative. Questionnaires were distributed to members of the public connected to the Nature Park. Observation was used to record the current restoration programme/data. The results show that the restoration of coastal mangroves in the study area is thriving and well-managed while it has also received positive feedback from visitors and nearby residents. Increased awareness of the local conservation/restoration of mangroves started after the devastating events of the 2004 Asian tsunami. This restoration programme is an excellent effort to conserve our precious natural ecosystem in order to maintain a healthy coastal environment. The programme also plays a vital role in educating the public.
Keywords: Biodiversity; conservation; environment; mangrove; restoration; Nature Park.
Multifunctionality and socio-economic sustainability of farms: the case of horticulture in Cameroon
by Archimède Mbogning Genang, Hilaire Nkengfack, Armand Gilbert Noula
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between multifunctionality and agricultural sustainability using horticultural farms in Cameroon as a case study. To do so, we adopt a methodology that combines analytical and systemic approaches. Our results show that the horticultural farms surveyed are variously multifunctional but all contribute to food security and generate income. However, only 7.6% of these farms are economically and socially sustainable. Multifunctionality thus appears to be a necessary but not sufficient condition for sustainability. Finally, an improvement in the positive intra- and inter-dimensional influences of multiple functions on farm performance as well as a better cohesion between the elements of the farming system will significantly improve their sustainability.
Keywords: multifunctionality; sustainability; horticultural farms; farming system; performance; urban agriculture; peri-urban agriculture; Cameroon.
When formal and informal networks promote agroecology: a case study of Martinique Island
by Magali Aubert, Laurent Parrot, Paula Fernandes, Eric Roux, Jean-Pierre Devin, Geoffroy Enjolras, Isabelle Jean-Baptiste
Abstract: Martinique, a French island and overseas department, faces numerous environmental challenges including a tropical humid climate prone to the development of pests, the decline of its agricultural sector and the degradation of its environment. Despite these constraints, Martinique has to meet both national and European environmental requirements, in particular in terms of pesticide reduction. In order to understand the main drivers of such an agroecological transition, our study considers not only the individual farmers characteristics and the structural characteristics of their farms, but also the role of both formal and informal networks. Based on a representative database of Martinican farms, our study highlights two key results. The first is that only individual farmers characteristics influence their productive practices, while the structural characteristics of their farms have no impact. For farmer-owners, a farm has a value in terms of transmission translating into a desire to protect soil quality and thus to reduce the use of pesticides. The second result is the key role played by networks in implementing more environmentally-friendly practices. In Martinique, the main drivers are informal networks, as Martinican farmers observe tangible positive and negative impacts of implementing alternative practices at the neighbourhood level.
Keywords: agroecological transition; formal and informal networks; Martinique.
Land use management in the use of Kokzhon wastelands based on IoT application
by M. Toktar, B.M. Koshen, D.M. Teberdiev, B.M. Kushenov, N.Zh. Sariev, A.A. Imanbayeva
Abstract: The primary objective of land use management for agricultural application is to improve environmental concerns. In recent years urban and peri-urban agriculture have been considered worldwide for security of the food and market. So, in the current study, it was used GIS system to analyse the technical and biological reclamation activities, on the technological waste sites formed as a result of the dumping of rock waste and tailings into the environment from phosphate rock. It was obtained by open source development in the Kokzhon phosphorite deposits located in the desert and semi-desert zones. Real-time monitoring of the land quality and status process is done using Internet of things (IoT) application. The total studied area of disturbed lands more than 1,000 hectares, including on the field Kokzhon, which is 278 hectares. The results of the dump surveys conducted from 2012 to 2020 have shown that biocar has a positive effect on increasing soil humus, and it also demonstrated the role of phytomeliorants as indicators in the restoration of agroecology and resistant types to adverse environmental factors.
Keywords: land use management; reclamation; soil; technogenic disturbed lands; GIS; environment; internet of things; IoT.
Promoting Farmers Adoption of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies in Burkina Faso: The role of coordination along the value chain
by Denis Akouwerabou, K. Patrice Zanré, Kimseyinga Savadogo, Patick Kaboré
Abstract: Agriculture in developing countries is being threatened by climate change. Large-scale farmers can mitigate the effects of climate change by adopting appropriate technology. However, the majority of vulnerable smallholders cannot afford new technologies. This study looks at a particular case, cotton production in Burkina Faso, by asking whether a better vertical integration can help the individual, small farms in mitigating risk. We argue that the cotton ginning firms, which are situated downstream of the chain, would gain by helping out farmers to adapt to climate change. Using the Maximum Simulated likelihood method on the probit model with sample selection to investigate the effect of the cotton firms actions in the form of the provision of quality advisory services, our study confirms that such action has a positive effect on farmers adoption of soil and water conservation techniques, a subset of climate-smart technologies.
Keywords: climate change; soil and water conservation; climate-smart technology; value chain coordination; cotton; Burkina Faso.
Special Issue on: HAICTA2020 Research Advancements Towards Sustainable Rural Areas
Greece on a sustainable future. Reviewing constraints and practices regarding forest and water resources management, flora and fauna biodiversity
by Panagiotis P. Koulelis, Alexandra D. Solomou, Vassilia P. Fasouli, Stefanos Tsiaras, Panos V. Petrakis
Abstract: The forest policy in Greece and the current regulatory framework is not efficient in supporting the implementation of sustainability at a satisfactory level. The main scope of this study is to review and present constrains and practices across the sectors of forest and water resources management, flora and fauna biodiversity. The hypothesis is that common practices in the forest field combined with inefficient and obsolete legislation are responsible for delays in the implementation of a national forest policy, which will promote sustainability. A systematic reviewing methodology was applied so to ensure a rigorous and repeatable method of sustainability constraints identification and evaluation. The identification of the constraints can promote the improvement of legislation, the revision of common practices concerning the forest sector and finally can help the forest managers to better understand how to work effectively within legal, regulatory and operational environments deriving from forest policy.
Keywords: forest management; biodiversity; constraints; sustainability; SDGs; Greece.
Micrometeorology of the agricultural terraces and stone walls and impacts on biodiversity in the Mediterranean landscape of Greece
by Alexandra Solomou, Nikolaos Proutsos, George Karetsos, Konstantinia Tsagari, Nikolaos Chatzipavlis
Abstract: Agricultural terraces and stone walls present a characteristic view of the Mediterranean landscape, and are vital in relation to the conservation of biodiversity, ecological functionality and cultural heritage. Aim of the study is to identify the contribution of micrometeorology of the agricultural terraces and stone walls, and impacts on the biodiversity of the Mediterranean landscape. Literature review survey indicate that terraces and stone walls provide various vital goods and services, and are potential and interesting assets for the development of the Greek areas. It is noteworthy that agricultural terraces and stone walls are an important habitat for biodiversity and they are creating multiple microenvironments enhancing its conservation and sustaining the stability of the ecosystem. Consequently, these landscape elements should be preserved as they favour the components of biodiversity which are the source of our food and medicines, fibers, fuels and industrial products. The utilisation of the biodiversity components contributes substantially to the economy and the development of tourism.
Keywords: terraces; stone walls; climate; micrometeorology; flora; fauna; conservation; landscape; Greece; Mediterranean.
The effect of seawater physical parameters in bivalve farming. Could systematic monitoring and early warning prevent negative impacts? A review focused on Vistonikos gulf, North Aegean Sea
by Ioannis Georgoulis, Konstantinos Feidantsis, Dimitrios Kouvas, Athanasios Lattos, Georgios A. Delis, Alexandros Theodoridis, Basile Michaelidis, Ioannis A. Giantsis
Abstract: Mussel farming in the Vistonikos Gulf (North Aegean Sea) constitutes an activity of high socioeconomic importance. The wider Vistonikos Gulf area consists of three basins (Porto Lagos Lagoon, Vistonikos Bay, and Vistonida Lake) rich in organic material. Oceanographic features, sea currents, meteorological and climatic conditions, and primary productivity of the wider Vistonikos Gulf marine area favour bivalve farming establishment. However, secondary factors associated with climate change may negatively affect these farming establishments. In the present study, historical oceanographic and meteorological data associated with the bivalves biology and culture are reviewed. The Vistonikos Gulf demonstrates a suitable area for mussels and other bivalves maintenance and aquaculture development. However, occasional restrictions imposed to mussel farm units in the past are related to meteorological extremes. Thus, monitoring seawater physicochemical properties within farming units may prevent harmful effects (e.g., mortality, heat and oxidative stress) through the establishment of an early warning system indicating the translocation or harvest of the reared bivalves.
Keywords: Aegean Sea; climate change; harmful algal blooms; mussel farming; ocean acidification; temperature; Vistonikos; wetland.
Perceptions of environmental benefits from sustainable food consumption patterns: evidence from the Generations Z and Y cohort
by Irene Kamenidou, Spyridon Mamalis, Ifigeneia Mylona, Aikaterini Stavrianea, Evangelia Zoi Bara
Abstract: This paper presents the research results of a study focusing on peoples' perceptions (N = 513) about the environmental benefits from specific consumption patterns. Data were collected from Greece with participants belonging to the Generation Z (N = 252) and the Generation Y (N = 261) cohort via an online questionnaire. Factor and cluster analyses provided segments based on subjects' perceptions of environmental benefits from sustainable food practices. Precisely, the three groups that arose were the 'neutrals', the 'mindful and relatively optimistic', and the 'pessimists'. The profiles of the segments are also presented. The groups formed reveal the marketing communication patterns that should be applied in order to target each segment to achieve long-run results of sustainable food consumption that can produce future environmental benefits.
Keywords: sustainable food consumption; SFC; environmental benefits; Generation Y; Generation Z; perceptions; marketing communication; digital marketing.
Indicators for sustainable tourism management: a case study using AHP and DELPHI to evaluate mountainous areas in Greece
by Apostolidis Georgios
Abstract: Indicators are identified as a modern tool for measuring and establishing the quality of goods such as tourism and leisure in an area. For this reason, that indicator systems have been introduced across Europe and almost all over the world, aiming to present thematic guidelines by assessing the current situation and analysing the distinct characteristics that provide the prospects for sustainable development. The presentation of such a system of tourism sustainability indicators for Greece was the purpose of introducing this study. The adopted system is expected to provide a high level of detail and to present diversity and new dimensions for tourism plans and studies. The data from the present study ultimately highlights the importance of critical factors and the contribution of a system of indicators to a country.
Keywords: rural development; inSTORM; multi-criteria decision-making analysis; MCDMA; analytic hierarchy process; AHP; Delphi.
Enhancing wine tourism experience through developing wine tourist typology and providing complementary activities
by Eleftheria Fytopoulou, Evangelia Karasmanaki, Spyros Galatsidas, Veronika Andrea, Georgios Tsantopoulos
Abstract: Wine tourism can flourish in rural regions which often have low levels of economic development. To establish rural regions as attractive wine destinations, it is necessary to understand what affects wine tourists satisfaction and find ways to enhance the wine tourism product. Hence, the aim of the present study is to build a typology of wine tourists based on their satisfaction as well as to examine their preferences for complementary activities while visiting a wine destination in Northern Greece. According to the analysis, two dimensions characterised wine tourists visit; the first involved the wine regions character and infrastructure and the second their satisfaction with the visit. Moreover, wine tourists expressed interest for carrying out complementary activities unrelated to wine while visiting the wine destination. It may be concluded that wine destinations can develop by applying strategies aiming at enhancing tourist satisfaction and by providing wine tourists with an integrated recreational experience that includes activities which fully correspond to their preferences.
Keywords: wine tourism; wine tourist typology; wine tourism product; complementary tourist activities; winescape; tourist satisfaction.
A niche strategy for geographical indication products, by valorising local resources: the Greek cheese Ladotyri Mytilinis
by Maria Spilioti, Spiros Stachtiaris, Antonios Kominakis, Pavlos Karanikolas, Konstantinos Tsiboukas
Abstract: This study aims to develop a niche strategy for the Greek geographical indication (GI) product Ladotyri Mytilinis, through the valorisation of local resources, especially the local livestock breed. The strategy emphasises the quality, production methods, and regional identity of this product. Data were collected through a thorough literature review and field research. The specifications of the product and the valorisation of local resources can utilise the local sheep breed, its nutrition, the habitat in which it lives, the quality of its products, and the breeding system. The product is integrated into markets in multiple ways. The milk of the local breed is used in three different GI products. The governance of this geographical indication is characterised by concentration, lack of coordination and absence of a specialised collective structure. Various elements of value chain governance through contracting, network governance, and informal relationships have been identified.
Keywords: geographical indications; local breed; Lesvos Island; niche strategy; value chain; governance.
Understanding consumer patterns on meat and dairy products derived from animals fed with locally produced feed
by Christina Kleisiari, Leonidas-Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Spyros Niavis, Evangelia Tigka, Christina Moulogianni, Marie-Noelle Duquenne, George Vlontzos
Abstract: The scope of this study is to clarify the main factors affecting the consumption of foodstuff derived from animal products. For this, we applied a modifies version of the health belief model (HBM), trying to quantify the differences on the impact of these two groups of food on human health. Principal Component Analysis was applied to highlight essential components influencing participants to consume locally produced animal products. Based on the consumers perceptions, there is a general positive attitude towards agricultural products of animals fed with locally produced feed (LPF). Most respondents trust more LPF, considering them as healthier than imported ones, enhancing their identity. Age and educational level of respondents are characteristics that significantly influence their answers, as younger and higher educated consumers are more interested in adopting good eating habits, while seeking information about the origin of foodstuff. This is promising parameter for enhancing competitiveness of LPF on both local and international context.
Keywords: consumer behaviour; supply chain management; principal component analysis; PCS; agriculture.