Forty years later: Assessment of the long-lasting effectiveness of land consolidation projects

Jarosław Janus , Iwona Markuszewska


The high cost of implementing land consolidation projects (LCPs) justifies investigation of the question about the duration of economic effects of farmland merging. The assessment of economic effectiveness of LCP can be an essential argument in budgeting proceedings and in discussion of the importance of land relocation in the sustainable development of rural areas. The main aim of this research was to verify the hypothesis of persistence of favourable basic parameters of land fragmentation (LF) and other factors affecting the efficiency of agricultural production that are still observed even several decades after LC. The aim was also to confirm that the parameters of LF within merged area are still much more favourable than those in neighbouring areas that have never been subjected to LC. The additional goal was to determine the scale and intensity of changes in LF that took place after farmland merging, and to estimate the influence of LC to farmland abandonment by analysing the intensity of secondary forest succession. The research was focused on the Jabłonka commune located in the southern Poland. The results demonstrated the long-lasting effects of farmland merging, which are still evident even 40 years after the project has been completed. This is the most evident regarding the average plot size, road accessibility and land fragmentation indicators, which are calculated based on the area of the land parcel. Additionally, within the merged village the lowest level of land abandonment was observed, which was indicated by analysis of the areas covered by secondary forest succession and afforestation processes within formerly agriculturally areas. The results clearly indicated a multi-generational and positive impact of LCP on the development and functioning of rural areas.
Author Jarosław Janus (FoEEaLS / DoAGCaP)
Jarosław Janus,,
- Department of Agricultural Geodesy, Cadastre and Photogrammetry
, Iwona Markuszewska
Iwona Markuszewska,,
Journal seriesLand Use Policy, ISSN 0264-8377, e-ISSN 1873-5754, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishLand consolidation (LC), Land fragmentation (LF), Land abandonment, Land consolidation project (LCP), Effectiveness, Assessment
ASJC Classification1107 Forestry; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Internal identifierWIŚIG/2019/13
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.678; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.194 (2) - 2017=3.662 (5)
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