Effects of postsocialist reforms on land cover and land use in South-Eastern Albania

Daniel Müller, Thomas Sikor

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This paper examines effects of postsocialist reforms on land cover and land use through a case study from South-eastern Albania. The paper uses satellite data to measure changes in land cover between 1988 and 2003, draws on a village survey to assess changes in local land-use practices, and examines shifts in the determinants of land cover through seemingly unrelated regressions at the village level. The results show a high incidence of cropland abandonment especially in lower-lying areas closer to markets. Socio-economic factors have emerged as new determinants of spatial variation, suggesting a growing influence of market principles on land use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-191
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Geography
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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