Accessibility and land-use patterns at the forest fringe in the northeastern part of the Philippines

P.H. Verburg, K.P. Overmars, N. Witte

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Accessibility is considered to be one of the most important determinants of use and land-cover change. In rural land-use change studies, the accessibility situation is often described by simple measures of the distance to a location of interest. In this paper, different measures of access are tested for a rural area at the forest fringe in the northeastern Philippines. The accessibility measures addressed range from simple distance measures to land-use type specific transport costs and a population potential measure. The different measures are tested based on their capacity to explain the spatial pattern of different land-use types. A comparison of the findings based on a spatial analysis and an analysis of household level data is made. It is concluded that the relation between land use and accessibility is dependent on the specific characteristics of the different land-use types. The (dis-)advantages of the use of the different accessibility measures are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-255
JournalGeographical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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