Knowledge brokerage for impact assessment of land use scenarios in inner Mongolia, China: Extending and testing the FoPIA approach

Hannes J. König*, Aranka Podhora, Lin Zhen, Katharina Helming, Huimin Yan, Bingzhen Du, Jost Wübbeke, Chao Wang, Julie Klinger, Cheng Chen, Sandra Uthes

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Abstract

While land serves numerous societal functions and contributes to sustainable development, it is often unclear how these functions are affected by political decisions and common drivers of land use change, such as economic development, climate change and demographic change. This study evaluates alternative land use scenarios in reference to a rural region of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (China), where various processes and decisions have historically triggered unsustainable development. The scientifically tested "Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment (FoPIA)" method is developed further to address specific features of the case study region, and its function as a knowledge-brokerage (KB) tool is evaluated. Three scenarios are developed and analysed in expert workshops. Abstract: While land serves numerous societal functions and contributes to sustainable development, it is often unclear how these functions are affected by political decisions and common drivers of land use change, such as economic development, climate change and demographic change. This study evaluates alternative land use scenarios in reference to a rural region of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (China), where various processes and decisions have historically triggered unsustainable development. The scientifically tested "Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment (FoPIA)" method is developed further to address specific features of the case study region, and its function as a knowledge-brokerage (KB) tool is evaluated. Three scenarios are developed and analysed in expert workshops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5027-5049
JournalSustainability
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Expert knowledge
  • Impact assessment
  • Knowledge brokerage
  • Landscape functioning
  • Policy support
  • Sustainable development

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